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Cybersecurity News

Coburn blasts DHS for gaps in its cybersecurity

The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General took a look at DHS' information security program and practices and found them lacking.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:31pm EST

China warned about cyber espionage

National Security Advisor Susan Rice has sent a strong message to the Chinese. During a speech at Georgetown University, she said, "Cyber-enabled economic espionage hurts China as well as the U.S., because American businesses are increasingly concerned about the costs of doing business in China." U.S. Intelligence officials have been sounding alarms about China's high tempo of economic espionage for more than a decade.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:37am EST

Stuxnet multiplies

You've heard of Stuxnet --the destructive computer virus unleashed on Iran's nuclear facilities. It was believed to be the world's first cyber weapon. But now we're learning that it has a twin --and the twin actually came first and started eating away at Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz years before the more public version we learned about in 2010. The bad news for Iran's nuclear programmers is that it's not really clear how broad the Stuxnet family is.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:36am EST

Cryptolocker raises concern

CYPTOLOCKER is a type of Ransomware that restricts access to infected computers and requires victims to pay a ransom in order to rescue their computers from criminals who take them over. It's so sophisticated that one US police force was hit by the virus and forced to pay a ransom using a new virtual currency called bit coins. Pfishing emails --which look legitimate, with subject lines like "payroll or package delivery" are the usual method of delivery.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:33am EST

Intel and Insurance join forces

Every day it seems there's a new Cyber Security threat. Everything from ransom ware to zero day issues. Cyber security insurance has been the way that companies have tried to offset the risk of online attacks and data loss, but the insurers were missing the information they needed to convince potential clients to buy their products. But now threat intelligence is helping them gauge the risk that potential customers might encounter.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:32am EST

NSA testing how to handle classified data over unsecured networks

A pilot project is part of NSA's push to layer commercial technologies and standards on top of one another to achieve security goals more quickly. This approach would replace the government-specific IT solutions that can take years and millions of dollars to develop.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 03:45am EST
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The past and future of healthcare interoperability

Former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan will discuss the advances that have been made in healthcare interoperability with host John Gilroy.
November 26, 2013

Tuesday - 11/26/2013, 09:47pm EST
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Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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Collaboration key to DHS cyber efforts

Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to many of the Homeland Security Department's cybersecurity efforts. Doug Maughan, director of DHS' Cybersecurity Division in the department's Science and Technology Directorate, discussed the department's cyber partnerships as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 11:14am EST
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Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

A unified IT architecture will create innumerable benefits to government and the private sector companies that serve its technology needs. But, disparate policymaking responsibilities across organizations such as OMB, GSA, NIST, DHS, and DoD make it difficult to realize that end game, say former federal executives Karen Evans and Julie Anderson.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 03:44pm EST

Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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OMB sets 2017 as deadline to move to dynamic cybersecurity

The Office of Management and Budget released a new memo Tuesday detailing the steps and deadlines agencies must meet to implement information-system continuous monitoring. The mandate comes on the heels of the General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department releasing the first task order for continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) tools and sensors, of which Federal News Radio has exclusive details.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:30pm EST

He did it to make room for change

A self-described "hacktivist" will spend 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Before hearing his sentence, an unrepentant Jeremy Hammond told a federal judge that his goal was to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry when he joined forces with Anonymous. "Yes I broke the law, but I believe sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change," he said. The Chicago computer whiz and college dropout insisted his hacking days are over but added, "I still believe in hacktivism as a form of civil disobedience."

Monday - 11/18/2013, 09:00am EST

The "splinter net" could be coming

Google is warning U.S. lawmakers that U.S. spying operations risk fracturing the open Internet into a "splinter net" that could hurt American business. In the first public testimony before Congress by a major technology company since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed top secret surveillance programs, Google said it should be allowed to provide the public more information about government demands for user data.

Monday - 11/18/2013, 08:57am EST

3 takeways from HealthCare.gov IT hearing; First task order for continuous monitoring is out

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 05:20pm EST

Risk, cyber and physical security

On this week's Capital Impact show, Liberty Group Ventures President Kiersten Todt will discuss how corporations and the general public are handling the rollout of the cybersecurity framework.
November 13, 2013

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 07:52pm EST
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Lawmakers raise cybersecurity concerns about HealthCare.gov

The troubled HealthCare.gov website has been the subject of at least one attempted but unsuccessful cyber attack, according to one of the of the Homeland Security Department's top cyber officials. Lawmakers at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing said the consolidation of personal information and the glitch-prone website are cause for concern.

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:11pm EST

US may split command of spy and cyber agencies

Obama administration considers splitting command of National Security Agency and cybersecurity

Friday - 11/08/2013, 07:10pm EST

Cybersecurity framework and Google beats Northrop!

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine NIST's preliminary cybersecurity framework, and Google's lobbying efforts.
November 7, 2013

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 06:19pm EST
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Health website's security prompts worries

Questions mount over incomplete testing of HealthCare.gov website

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 05:42pm EST
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