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As move to mobile grows, federal workforce adapts to new normal

The mobile revolution isn't new to many agencies. Laptops and BlackBerrys have been standard issue for many government executives for the last decade. What is different, however, is the widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers. Both agencies and citizens hold new and more immediate expectations because of these devices, and the government must adapt to this technololgy. In our special report, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile, Federal News Radio explores how some agencies are meeting the demand internally and externally for mobile devices and apps. The challenge, like any new technology, is ensuring these devices actually help meet mission goals and don't become just another shiny toy.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 12:12pm EST

Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 20

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) describes the bipartisan support around the DATA Act. Michael Courts of the GAO recaps his testimony on diplomatic security related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Charles H. Romine of NIST explains how medical professionals can make meaningful use of electronic records.

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 09:11am EST

NIST's Leaf to become Labor deputy CIO

Dawn Leaf takes over for Tom Wiesner who retired in June.

Friday - 11/16/2012, 02:24pm EST

DoD doubles down on cyber threat reality

Identity management, standup of Cyber Command, and information sharing with the industrial base have been cited as key cyber accomplishments in the Department of Defense. But much work remains, experts say.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 06:36am EDT
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Top 10 cyber accomplishments since 2006

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinions on what were the most significant cybersecurity accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public- private partnerships. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 01:22pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 12, 2012

Nobel Prize winner David Wineland of NIST discusses his accomplishments. And a contingent of large federal buildings might be getting a makeover. The National Capital Planning Commission shares plans the GSA is considering.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 09:39am EDT

Cross-agency priorities give cyber an in with non-IT officials

White House senior director for cybersecurity Andy Ozment said budget folks are getting a better understanding of why cybersecurity is important thanks to the administration's high- priority governmentwide goals. NIST also is helping push the cross-agency goals forward from a technical perspective.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:16am EDT

Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 9, 2012

John Kasianowicz is the NIST project leader on a project coming up with a cheaper way to test DNA for possible illnesses. GAO's John Hutton says that few agencies are compiling inventories for their service contracts. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo discusses a new inspector general's report. Dr. Harry Lambright of Syracuse University studied the effectiveness of two former federal officials. David Hall-Matthews talks about a ranking of nonprofits.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 08:45am EDT

Influence of federal cyber workforce roadmap growing

Agencies and universities are refining job descriptions, revamping training and education programs and helping industry, academia and government to begin to reach consensus on the makeup of a modern-day cybersecurity workforce. The Office of Personnel Management also has made changes to personnel systems so that job descriptions map to the framework. The plan already has had in impact on cyber education at colleges and universities across the country.

Monday - 10/08/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Planning key to cloud success, agency CIOs say

A number of agencies have made high-profile migrations to cloud platforms and the Obama administration has issued sweeping guidance mandating agencies identify and transition services and applications to host in the cloud. For a look at how agencies are faring in their shifts to the cloud and the issues they continue to face, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion, "Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing," sponsored by Level 3 Communications.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 11:00am EDT
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Funding boost gives DHS a head start in 2013 to fight cyber threats

The agency plans to release solicitations to help agencies implement sensors to detect threats, followed by industry-provided services to analyze them. Congress approved $183 million to begin in 2013 to help get continuous monitoring off the ground more quickly.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 05:56am EDT
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GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year

The Government Accountability Office said reports of malware targeting mobile devices have nearly tripled in less than a year.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:18am EDT

NIST seeks comments on securing BIOS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants comments on new draft guidelines for securing Basic Input Output System systems. BIOS is the first software activated after turning a computer on and has increasingly become a new target for hackers.

Monday - 08/27/2012, 04:13pm EDT

DoD to rev up the cyber approval process for mobile devices

Instead of using a lengthy security technical implementation guide approval process to decide which tablets and smartphones will be allowed to use its network, the Defense Information Systems Agency wants to put the ball in the vendors' court.

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 10:44am EDT
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NIST updates guidance for cyber response

An updated how-to guidance for responding to cyber incidents is out.

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 08:00am EDT

NIST issuing ID cards for testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is making it easier for agencies to test the use of logical access control for applications.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 07:35am EDT

GSA seeks input on ID management in the cloud

The General Services Administration will hold a vendor day Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. The concept of identity management in the cloud builds on the efforts included in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:05pm EDT

NIST gives agencies tips to secure mobile devices

New guidelines could help agencies adopting bring-your-own-device strategies manage the potential risks smartphones and tablets could pose.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:29am EDT
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Conference to explore agencies use of big data

How is the government using big data currently?

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 01:43pm EDT
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