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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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GPO's jump into the cloud for email is just the beginning

The Government Printing Office became the first legislative branch agency to put its email in the cloud. CIO Chuck Riddle said once that effort is completed, GPO will move other functions into the cloud.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 12:59pm EDT
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White House gives agencies the lead role in combating ID theft

The White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud. More secure government credit cards and multi-factor authentication for federal websites dealing with sensitive citizen data are two ways to do that.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:32pm EDT

OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Report: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 03:42am EDT

Improved online and mobile security the focus of federal grants

Three million dollars in federal grants will go to four national mobile communications companies to figure out a way to get rid of passwords. The grants come from the Commerce Department's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program, or NSTIC. The goal of NSTIC is to give consumers better security options with their mobile and online transactions. Commerce hopes that funding research to get rid of passwords will eventually minimize the risk of identity theft.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT
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