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11:59 am, December 18, 2014

Cybersecurity News

DoD unties services hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

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DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Confusion over FedRAMP? OFPP to clarify contracting language

Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:55am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

For cybersecurity, research and development and defense contracting, the Washington D.C. region carries a lot of weight. Now that Congress has passed a 2015 federal budget, lots of companies are looking to see how cyber, R&D and defense programs are likely to fare in the coming year. Jonathan Aberman has been looking into this. He's the managing director of Amplifier Ventures in Northern Virginia and the founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI, which brings new companies to the federal market. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for some analysis.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 07:31am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The granddaddy of cybersecurity legislation has a new heart and soul. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act is on the way to President Obama for his signature. FISMA was one of five cyber bills Congress passed over the last week. In his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of the most important changes agencies should expect from the bounty of cyber laws.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:49pm EST
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Six years of waiting, cyber bills abound

The passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks and hire the people to do that critical work.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:51am EST

FBI: Cyber attack against Sony would have bested most federal defenses too

Whether or not North Korea was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, its level of sophistication suggests it was sponsored by a country, not a group of hackers. And the FBI believes the same attack could just as easily have penetrated most sophisticated networks, including government ones.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:50am EST
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On the hunt for 10,000 good cyber men and women

The US is in need of thousands of cyber professionals. Karen Evans, national director of the US Cyber Challenge, says the goal of her organization is to find 10,000 of them.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 03:50pm EST

Online Chat: Ask the DHS Cyber R&D Expert

Dr. Doug Maughan, cybersecurity division director at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, joins Federal News Radio at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, for a free online chat to discuss the agency's upcoming research and development showcase and S&T's focus for 2015.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 11:00am EST

Jonathan Trull, Chief Information Security Officer, Qualys

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but connected electronic medical devices really can be dangerous if someone is able to hack into them. Jonathan Trull is the Chief Information Security Officer at Qualys. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why these devices can be vulnerable and what to do about it.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 09:56am EST
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DHS S&T offers outlet to commercialize cyber research

The Science and Technology Directorate is giving more than 50 companies a chance to show off their DHS-funded cyber innovations. The cyber showcase is the first of its kinds from S&T.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:07am EST
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Securing your agency's IT infrastructure

Adam Firestone, president and general manager at Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, will discuss how to make your agency's IT infrastructure more secure.
December 9, 2014

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:27pm EST
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Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

For the first time, the Homeland Security Department is showcasing its cybersecurity research and development for a much wider audience. The Science and Technology Directorate's goal is to move these cyber projects out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division within DHS' Science and Technology directorate, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what DHS wants to accomplish with next week's cyber R&D showcase in Washington.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:58pm EST
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Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee that China, and perhaps other countries, will be able to shut down and damage critical infrastructure in the United States by 2025. Richard Stiennon is executive editor of the Security Current blog and founder of IT Harvest. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said only one part of Rogers' comment seems off the mark.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Cheap IT, dwindling maintenance leave Navy vulnerable to cyber threats

Defense Department doctrine makes clear that cyberspace is a military domain, just like air, land, space and sea. But the Navy's top cyber officer said the procurement system hasn't yet caught onto that notion.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33am EST
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Better public-private relationship key to preventing next cyber attack

The threat of a major cyberattack could expose the sensitive information of millions of Americans - whether breach happens at a retailer like Target or at a government agency like the Postal Service. Two former DHS officials offer their advice on making industry and government better prepared for the next breach.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 12:05pm EST
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Wishful FISMA thinking

What could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:23am EST

DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

The Department of Defense recently released the results of a 45-day study, detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:04am EST

FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST
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Matt Goodrich, Acting Director, FEDRAMP

Demand is finally pushing the cloud services cybersecurity program known as FedRAMP to develop standards for high impact systems. The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, acting director of the FedRAMP program, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes that are coming.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:03pm EST
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