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6:42 am, April 27, 2015

Cybersecurity News

Cyber center advances Energy's understanding of, defense against threats

Rod Turk, the Energy Department's associate chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer, said the Joint Cyber Coordination Center is moving into the advanced capabilities phase after building the information sharing foundation over the last year.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 02:16pm EDT
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Greg Boison, Director of Homeland Security, Lockheed Martin

Cyber déjà vu can happen when the same or similar cyber attacks hit multiple agency networks. But cyber déjà vu can be a good thing if your agency looks at the problem in a different way. That's according to Greg Boison, director of Homeland Cybersecurity at Lockheed Martin. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three ways to take advantage of cyber déjà vu to turn your agency's strategy from reactive to proactive.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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VA disputes House lawmaker's claim of nation state attack

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said the Veterans Affairs Department fell victim to another breach by a nation state in September 2014, putting veterans' data at risk. But VA CIO Steph Warren said internal and external reviews found no evidence of a breach.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:25pm EDT

Kevin Desouza, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

The number of cyber attacks against the federal government is up almost 800 percent since 2006. And the Government Accountability Office said that trend is accelerating. Kevin Desouza is associate dean for research at the College of Public Programs, and professor for the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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House bill offers liability protection for information sharing

New bill to strengthen information sharing is a top legislative priority for House Homeland Security Committee.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 06:32pm EDT

OMB proposes new approach to guarantee federal website authenticity

The administration releases draft guidance seeking comments on how this move to a secure website address standard would work.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 05:12pm EDT

Vince Crisler, Partner, Fortalice Solutions

Over the past year, it seems like every bad cybersecurity scenario that could happen has happened. What might be scarier is the threat you can't see — the backdoor embedded in something you buy. A router or switch, for example. Federal agencies and their contractors are under a mandate to ensure cybersecurity not only for the products they buy, but also for the chain of suppliers involved in the manufacturing of finished systems. How do you do that? Vince Crisler, a partner at Fortalice Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:07am EDT
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GSA's Hashmi squares away industry plans; Kraden heads to OGP

There was an awful lot of movement in the federal IT community over the last few weeks. There was maybe none more surprising than Sonny Hashmi's decision to leave as the chief information officer of the General Services Administration. Now we know who made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:58am EDT

Brennan says new CIA cyber branch part of digital evolution

The CIA director said the agency is following the spy business into the digital realm, but it is not trying to step on other intelligence agencies' turf.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 03:58am EDT
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Retired Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch, National Commissioner, CyberPatriot

Students are gathered in Washington to show off their chops in defending virtual networks and mobile devices. They're facing off against teams of professional aggressors. Middle and high-school aged finalists make up 28 teams in the seventh CyberPatriot National Finals. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Bernie Skoch is the Commissioner of CyberPatriot National. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the finals.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 10:06am EDT
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OPM orchestrates cyber protections through automation

Jeff Wagner, OPM's director of IT security, said by detailing specific processes, his organization can protect the network in near real-time and ensure threats or vulnerabilities do not put the entire infrastructure at a greater risk.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 03:54pm EDT
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Government to drop charges in federal employee hacking case

A National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to federal investigators will have charges against her dismissed if a judge approves the prosecution's request.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:00pm EDT

Q&A with Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman

Washington Technology Editor in Chief Nick Wakeman joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead for contractors in 2015.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 07:53pm EDT
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Acting DoD CIO Halvorsen accepts permanent tech chief role

Terry Halvorsen, a former Navy CIO, assumed the role of permanent CIO on Sunday, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 10:37am EDT

Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The FAA has taken some steps to help protect its air traffic control systems from hackers and cyber criminals. But there's still work to be done. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Some of the weaknesses were new, like identifying and authenticating users. Other date back years. Greg Wilshusen, the director of Information Security Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the report found.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 09:12am EDT
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The nature of cyber intelligence

Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte, will discuss the evolution of the cyber intelligence field, and how that is forcing the government and private companies to change how they protect themselves from cyber attacks.
March 6, 2015

Friday - 03/06/2015, 08:28pm EST
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House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

House committee subpoenas Clinton emails; Clinton tweet says she wants public to see them

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 01:52pm EST

IT acquisition challenges in the federal government.

Van Hitch, senior advisor with Deloitte's Federal Consulting Practice, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the IT acquisition challenges facing federal managers.
March 3, 2015

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 07:06pm EST
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Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance

Cybersecurity incidents are up 15 percent over the past year. So now the Office of Management and Budget is ramping up pressure on your agency to develop and use smart identification cards for employees. Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the ways to stay on top of OMB's smart card guidance.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:25pm EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST
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