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9:26 am, November 22, 2014

Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT

DARPA launches challenge to help create hacker-proof software

The Cyber Grand Challenge, set to launch for the first time two weeks from now, aims to encourage the development of computing systems that can seek out cybersecurity weaknesses better than humans can.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 01:48pm EDT
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Lindenmoyer taps private industry to fulfill NASA's space transportation needs

Alan Lindenmoyer, program manager in NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at the Johnson Space Center, spearheaded the effort to use private industry to provide the space agency's orbital transportation services.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:04pm EDT

DoD and Intelligence community work together on new IT structures

The Defense Department and Intelligence community are starting to work together as they build similar paths to new enterprise information technology structures.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:19pm EDT

DHS' push for clearer cyber authorities moves to the House

Larry Zelvin, the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate, is expected to tell the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that the implementation of the advanced intrusion detection and prevention program known as Einstein is hampered by the lack of clarity of the exact role DHS is allowed to play under the current set of cybersecurity laws.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:10am EDT

Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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Another perspective on data centers

Ken Parent and Manny Mencia of ByteGrid, will discuss how their company can help your agency secure and protect its data.
May 20, 2014

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 08:31pm EDT
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FedRAMP educational events coming up

The deadline to earn certification for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is only a couple of weeks away. The General Services Administration is scheduling two events to further educate cloud security vendors and federal agencies

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 06:05pm EDT

Román uses satellite data to detect wildfires, monitor effects of climate change

While many people may think NASA is focused on space and looking at the stars alone, NASA research physical scientist Miguel O. Román is using satellite data to monitor changes in the Earth's environment.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:34pm EDT

All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
May 19, 2014

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Richard Stiennon, cybersecurity analyst

Software assurance policies could be a foundation principle for cybersecurity at your agency in the next five years. That's a prediction from Richard Stiennon, the host of the Security Current blog, the founder of IT Harvest and the author of Surviving Cyberwar. Stiennon tells In Depth with Francis Rose he sees a cybersecurity culture shift inside the beltway.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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Marion Royal, Director of Data.gov, GSA

A signature open-government initiative of the Obama administration is turning five years old this week. The website Data.gov is home to more than 100,000 individual agency data sets. It's also the destination of app developers hoping to turn federal data into useful information. Marion Royal is the director of Data.gov, which is run by the General Services Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the website has progressed over the years.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:27pm EDT
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Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Security breaches in government and the private sector show that no network is completely safe. Now with funding from the State Department and USAID, the New America Foundation is promoting the idea of what it calls mesh networks — small, home-built communications systems that don't rely on the Internet. Sascha Meinrath is the founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said the networks can support things like phone service, file sharing, and instant messaging.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Air Force budget cuts, military readiness, DoD mobility

Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 03:15am EDT

Kathy Frisbee, Veterans Health Administration

Veterans Affairs officials want veterans to be able to access their services on mobile devices. They also want to boost employee productivity with mobility. But developing business-grade apps is no simple matter. Kathy Frisbee, co-director of Connected Health in VA's Office of Informatics and Analytics, has developed a rigorous app methodology that any agency could use. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the first fleet of apps the agency has developed.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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Richard Rast finds cost-effective method to detect space debris

If only Sandra Bullock's character in "Gravity" had known Richard Rast, she might've avoided a space collision. The Partnership for Public Service named Rast as a 2014 Science and Environment Medal finalist for his innovated work.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 02:25pm EDT
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Senate committee eyes new cyber hiring authorities for DHS

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday the committee plans to mark up a bill on May 21 to give DHS more tools to hire cyber workers more easily.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Ron Ross, Computer Scientist, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a four-part plan to help agencies build more secure IT systems. NIST Computer Scientist Ron Ross, who guided a new publication on the issue, tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the same engineering principles that apply to bridges and buildings should apply to IT. That is, security should be built in, not added later.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:16pm EDT
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Kevin Kampschroer, Deputy Senior Sustainability Officer, GSA

Old electronics are filling up landfills. The EPA estimates only 25 percent of dead electronics, by weight, get recycled. As the largest consumer of electronics, the federal government can set an example for how to do better. The guidance for e-recycling issued by the General Services Administration is about to become a regulation. Kevin Kampschroer, deputy senior sustainability officer at GSA, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss its details.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:05pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The Pentagon has issued a final rule for dealing with counterfeit parts. Officials believe too many of them make their way into crucial electronic systems, threatening their reliability or compromising their security. The rule has been a long time coming. It affects both government buyers and industry suppliers. Joe Petrillo, a procurement attorney with the law firm Petrillo & Powell, spoke about some of the main aspects of the rule with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:35am EDT
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