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5:58 pm, April 1, 2015

General Dynamics IT Solutions Center - Cyber

Six pressing predictions for crisis communication in 2015

Agencies should consider these six steps to help keep their employees safe and informed during emergencies, says Aviv Siegel, the CTO and co-founder of AtHoc, in a new commentary for Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17am EST

Hackers may have postal employees' medical records

That September cyber breach affected more current and former Postal employees than the 800,000 first reported.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:59am EST

Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, Trippie Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs investigated a security hole in a telehealth program. VA said personal information for more than 7,000 vets was been exposed, but the Federal Times reports both the VA and the vendor that provided the service said no data was stolen. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of The Trippie Group, was former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose even with the security risks telehealth initiatives will help government serve citizens better and save the government money in a couple different ways.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:09pm EST

Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions

A flurry of cybersecurity bills passed through Congress after six years of no legal progress at all on the cyber front. Individually, none of the five cyber bills stand out above the rest. That's according to Chris Smith, vice president of for technology at AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's the passage of all five at once that's significant.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:04pm EST
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Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST

OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST

State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

Unclassified State Department computer system hacked, email shut down

Monday - 11/17/2014, 05:50pm EST

Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Director for Exercises and Training, Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:44pm EST
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Unions push back on beleaguered USPS

Confronted with a cyber breach and planned closures of mail processing centers in January 2015, the American Postal Workers Union and others are rallying against the USPS.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 11:20am EST

AP IMPACT: US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

AP IMPACT: Federal agencies struggle to combat cyberattacks; employee missteps worsen problems

Monday - 11/10/2014, 10:10pm EST

Cybersecurity a priority in the HHS OIG 2015 work plan

Cybersecurity will be top of mind in 2015 for the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department. In its work plan for next year, HHS OIG says it will heavily focus on federal oversight policy for medical devices and electronic health records.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:42pm EST

DHS' SWAMP helps clean software of cyber flaws

The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) is a new initiative from DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division to test apps for security vulnerabilities before they are installed on agency networks. S&T also sponsored the HOST program to promote the use and security of open source tools.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 03:09pm EDT
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House GOP subpoenas former CTO Todd Park over HealthCare.gov

Citing cybersecurity concerns, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is compelling Park to testify about his role in the development of the health insurance exchange portal.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:34am EDT

Mikey Dickerson, Administrator, US Digital Service

The new U.S. Digital Service is working with agencies across government to triage IT problems and get programs back on track. The infrastructure for the Service came out of the lessons learned from fixing the problems with HealthCare.gov. Mikey Dickerson is Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose -- and in his first interview since he took over -- he explained the mission of the Service, and why industry shouldn't worry about the Service trying to cut in on its business.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Energy rebounds from cyber attack thanks to new IT asset tracking tool

The Energy Department developed a new tool to ensure outdated software doesn't remain on its network to create cyber vulnerabilities. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, said business and mission leaders receive a dashboard view of potential problems.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:13am EDT
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NASA Ames looks to cross-training, shared services to deal with workforce challenges

Jerry Davis, the NASA Ames CIO, said being in the heart of Silicon Valley poses different obstacles when it comes to recruiting and retaining IT employees. He said cloud and cyber are among his top priorities.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:53am EDT
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Leap Ahead program keeps DHS cyber offerings on cutting edge

The Homeland Security Department has reviewed about 18 new or improved cybersecurity tools or technologies that may be added to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM). John Streufert, the director of Federal Network Resilience at National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said CDM is not delayed and on track to deliver results.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:55am EDT
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Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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