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Cybersecurity News

Administration recognizes quality of work depends on quality of workforce

The goal was to achieve an efficient, effective and accountable government. A key strategy was to change the way the federal employee approached the job. In part three of Federal News Radio's week-long, multimedia special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the tactics employed to create a more efficient workforce; hiring and SES reform, reducing backlogs in security clearances and retirement claims, building a cyber workforce, telework and the overall support of the civil servant. Four were rated as effective, two as more progress needed, and one as ineffective.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:26am EDT

DARPA awards cybersecurity contract to Rockwell

The contract is part of DARPA's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:33am EDT

Cybersecurity fails to live up to expectations, reflect reality

The administration has struggled to fulfill its promise to take enough concrete steps to make cybersecurity a national security priority. Experts say the White House fell short in several areas, most notably in getting comprehensive cyber legislation passed.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:40am EDT
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Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:25am EDT

More than half of Androids vulnerable to malicious attacks, report says

The Android vulnerabilities caused by slow patches are well-known and may be a concern for federal agencies who are considering the Bring Your Own Device model.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 10:21am EDT

BAE Systems to protect security-sensitive projects

BAE said it also planned to circle the wagons around its cybersecurity arm handling sensitive government information.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 10:17am EDT

Sen. Wyden reminds White House to limit scope of cyber order

The Select Committee on Intelligence member wrote a letter to White House Cyber Coordinator Michael Daniel asking him to make sure any mandate doesn't harm the networks used for interactive computer services.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 02:18pm EDT

Bill would require permission for phone monitoring

A new bill would require telecoms to obtain customers' permission before they monitor their telephone usage.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 10:03am EDT

Report: IT pros can often access sensitive data

Nearly one in five IT professionals could be taking a secret peek at their bosses' sensitive computer data. According to a survey of 450 IT pros conducted by cybersecurity firm Lieberman Software, 39 percent of IT staff said they are able to get unauthorized access to sensitive information and 20 percent have already done so.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Taliban faux-friending soldiers on Facebook?

Members of the Taliban are pretending to be attractive women on Facebook to spy on Australian troops in Afghanistan. Because Facebook uses GPS technology to track where profile updates are made, faux-Facebook friends, who are able to befriend soldiers, are able to find their locations after they update their profiles, according to CSOOnline.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:25pm EDT

Process underway to one day bring cyber weapons to battlefield

Army officials said first they have to define what exactly is a cyber weapon or tactical fire in military-speak.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:14am EDT

Verizon teams with McAfee to offer anti-virus software

The Android platform has become a prime target for viruses. The operating system has struggled to catch up with Apple's IOS in terms of security.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:07am EDT

Mobile device managment

Ojas Rege, vice president of Strategy for MobileIron, joins host John Gilroy to talk about how his company can help you manage a wide variety of mobile devices.
September 11, 2012

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 11:27pm EDT
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Network security

Terry Dunlap, founding partner of Tactical Network Solutions talks about the services his company provides to protect your computer networks from hackers.
September 10, 2012

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:38pm EDT
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Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year -- Sept. 30. Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a "fiscal cliff," budget experts warn.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 06:47pm EDT

White House draft cyber order promotes voluntary critical infrastructure protections

The administration is considering using an executive order to promote and encourage critical infrastructure providers to improve their cybersecurity. The draft EO, which Federal News Radio obtained details of, mirrors major sections of the second version of the Lieberman- Collins comprehensive cyber bill.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:48pm EDT
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National Cyber Security Hall of Fame names first dozen nominees

Nominees include former White House cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt, NIST expert Ron Ross and the late government computer security pioneer Lynn McNulty.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:54am EDT

Malware targets phone users

Lookout says hackers in Russia and other countries are using premium messaging services to bilk phone users out of their money. Lookout says most of the attacks affect Android phones.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:42am EDT

Blackberry, iPhone target of new malware-phishing campaign

BlackBerry smartphones and iPhones are increasingly becoming the target of a phishing campaign to infect computers with malware. Users receive an email saying they need to set up a Blackberry ID, but the link it provides installs the malicious software. According to SC Magazine, the the malware can often go undetected by a lot of anti-virus programs.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 06:53pm EDT

Clinton urges China to join in cybersecurity effort

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said both the United States and China are victims of increasingly frequent cyber attacks.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 08:02am EDT
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