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8:47 pm, September 30, 2014

Cybersecurity News

Levi Gundert, Technical Lead, Cisco

With 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, the rules of cybersecurity are changing. Agencies and more companies are on to the importance of cybersecurity, but they might be watching out for high-profile threats rather than more common and stealthy problems that can do lots of damage. That's what Cisco has found and will release in a report. Levi Gundert is the technical lead for Cisco's Threat Research, Analysis and Communications, or TRAC. He spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:53pm EDT
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Bill requires CIOs to sign-off on website security before launch

Federal websites will have to become more secure if Congress gets its way. Under a bill recently passed by the House, any new federal websites that collect personally identifiable information will need to be deemed secure by the agency's chief information officer before they go live to the public.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Do's and don'ts for feds on vacation

Federal employees are a prime target for hackers and other bad guys when on vacation. Learn 12 tips for keeping you and your federal-issued laptop safe while out of the office this summer.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Jerry Irvine, CIO and Partner of Prescient Solutions

Federal employees are prime targets for hackers. If not properly secured, the computers and mobile devices they carry could open up their agency's network to malicious attacks. Devices can be especially vulnerable when you're on vacation and it's easy to let your guard down. Jerry Irvine is the chief information officer and a partner of Prescient Solutions. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what feds should be aware of when they're traveling.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 03:58pm EDT
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Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Cyber handbook provides critical link between DHS, industry

The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, introduced Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, outlines five key principles that aim to move forward the collaborative cybersecurity effort.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Ben Fitzgerald, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

The cyber attacks on small federal agencies demonstrate the cyber domain is an ecosystem, and the federal government is one of many different cyber cultures. One expert says a map of the different cultures can help agencies prevent cyber attacks. Ben Fitzgerald is senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He explained that and other cybersecurity strategies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:49pm EDT
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Collateral damage of Snowden leaks being felt in cyber, public trust

Chief legal counselor to NSA says intelligence disclosures may have set back efforts to improve nation's cybersecurity posture because of increasing unease about public-private cooperation, and that it's time to reexamine the digital privacy trust relationship between government and the public.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Rob Zitz, senior VP and chief systems architect, Leidos

The cyber attacks on the Government Printing Office and Government Accountability Office are the latest in a trend of heavier attacks on small agencies. Darren Van Booven, the chief information security officer and assistant chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives, tells Federal News Radio attackers are more sophisticated and they're starting to target small agencies. Rob Zitz is senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos, formerly part of SAIC. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He says better cybersecurity starts with three letters: CDM.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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SSA not ready to meet future challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration says the Social Security Administration is not ready for the challenges of the future. NAPA says shrinking budgets, retiring workers and rapidly changing technology are all issues that need to be addressed in the next 15 years.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:55pm EDT

DHS cyber executive to retire

Larry Zelvin is stepping down as the director of DHS's National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCIC) next month after almost 30 years of government service.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:26pm EDT

IRS scandal teaches agencies to archive

Agencies should be archiving all business communication to avoid mayhem such as at the IRS. While the agency shifts blame from e-mail to instant messenger, Nancy Flynn, founder of ePolicy, told Federal News Radio that agencies need to better manage the many communication options.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren't just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Federal officials say Chinese hackers broke into the networks of the Government Accountability Office and the Government Printing Office back in March. While news of Chinese cyber attacks on federal agencies isn't unprecedented, the March attacks, first reported by the New York Times, have some observers scratching their heads. They say it's unclear why those two agencies would be targeted -- particularly in the case of GPO. Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's also former deputy assistant Defense secretary. He said the attacks shouldn't come as a surprise on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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As cyber attackers get more sophisticated, so must agencies' protections

Cyber criminals are adjusting so quickly that it's become an 'arms race' between them and agency technology officers trying to guard against threats. During a recent Federal News Radio panel discussion, officials shared expertise and tactics for protection.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:29pm EDT

Gen. James Clapper, Director, National Intelligence

The nation's top intelligence official says transparency is going to have to be a feature of the intelligence community from now on. Gen. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence says that's his main takeaway from the Edward Snowden leaks and their continuing fallout. Clapper is the guest on the latest edition of AFCEA Answers on Federal News Radio. In this excerpt, he told host Max Cacas he makes no apologies for the programs Snowden exposed, but intelligence agencies need to do a better job of explaining why they do what they do.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Levi Gundert, Technical Lead, Cisco

The Justice Department is asking Congress for more resources to fight cybercrime. Yesterday, a top official told Senators cyber criminals are becoming so sophisticated that the department, and the FBI in particular, are adapting their tactics and tools on a minute-by-minute basis. That might not be fast enough. The FBI estimates 500 million computers are infected by botnets each year, meaning that there are 18 victims per second. Levi Gundert is a former secret service agent and now a technical lead with Cisco's Threat Research, Analysis and Communications team. He told Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the government deserves credit for building partnerships that can track and find cyber criminals.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:57am EDT
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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.
July 14, 2014

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Agencies reset after missing the mark on cybersecurity goals

Despite steps forward, agencies fell short of their 2014 targets for cybersecurity. The Obama administration is pushing chief information officers to focus on priorities of continuous monitoring, phishing and malware, and authorization processes for 2015, according to the newly released cross-agency priority goals on Performance.gov.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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