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12:57 am, April 20, 2014

Cybersecurity News

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Too many $31 staplers in DoD, NGA turns to open source

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 05:25pm EDT

What's the latest on the federal pay issue?

Federal Managers Association President Pat Neihaus, and Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson from the Federal Times will give us an update on a number of different pay issues affecting feds.
April 16, 2014

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Joe Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration

A House panel recently held back-to-back hearings: one with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's budget request, and the other with the authors of a report on security at NASA centers. NASA is under pressure to show Congress it's tightening security following a high-profile case of a Chinese spy and other cybersecurity breaches that have flown under the radar. NASA requested a review of its security procedures after spotting some red flags. Joe Thompson, project director of the National Academy of Public Administration, organized the review. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the study. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:40am EDT
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NASA fixing security holes in oversight of foreign nationals

Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals' access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers' access to data and didn't impose consequences when its policies were violated.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 03:56am EDT
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Deltek suffers cyber attack putting 80,000 employees of vendors at risk

The market research firm says 25,000 customers potentially had their credit card information exposed during the breach. Deltek says there is no evidence that usernames and passwords were misused.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:42am EDT

Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

Agencies are still facing several challenges when it comes to cybersecurity. They continue to deploy new technologies and business practices to fend off the cyber threats, but the Government Accountability Office says the number of data breaches has more than doubled over the last several years. Greg Wilshusen, director of Information Security Issues at the GAO, joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the problem and GAO's ideas for fixing it.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:26am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs Committee members are fed up with repeated cybersecurity problems. They want the VA to improve its cybersecurity once and for all. A new bill tells the department exactly how to do it. The legislation is among the most prescriptive cyber bills that any agency has seen in almost a decade. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller shares reactions to the bill with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:27am EDT
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House lawmakers lose patience with VA, introduce prescriptive cyber bill

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced the Veterans Information Security Improvement Act that would explicitly require VA to take steps to repair operational and procedure holes in its network and computer security processes.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:23pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Version 2 of cloud cybersecurity standards coming soon

DoD CIO Teri Takai clarifies the Pentagon plans to use the FedRAMP baseline. DHS and GSA are working together to ensure the continuous diagnostics and monitoring program and FedRAMP are aligned. But questions remain around how other cyber initiatives fit into the cloud security program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Pentagon to triple cyber staff to thwart attacks

The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. By 2016, the Pentagon should have 6,000 cyber professionals.

Saturday - 03/29/2014, 05:00am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD taking own path with cloud security, Treasury's Reger joins OMB

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller explores how DoD is developing its cloud security standards and Treasury is filling a financial management void.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:31pm EDT

DHS turns to mentors to strengthen cyber workforce

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is trying to promote cyber skills across several disciplines.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:49am EDT
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NIST, DHS push for more engagement around cyber framework

Federal officials say they need help from Congress to ensure companies are protected under the law for sharing cyber information with the government. Officials also say building up the cyber workforce is a top concern.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Agencies see cloud, mobile computing as a path to interoperability

As agencies strive to make legacy applications available on any device, NIST is providing help by developing metrics and focusing on portability.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:33pm EDT
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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

Congress will try again this session on cybersecurity legislation, but some of the problems that prevented it from passing the last several years are back again. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about cyber legislation in his office on Capitol Hill today. He says the landscape looks a little different for the legislation this time around.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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Lee Holcomb, President, Cyber Security Research Alliance

The "white hats" can never let up in the drive to stay ahead of cyber mischief makers. The Cyber Security Research Alliance recently announced its teaming up with Drexel and George Mason University to research some of the big cyber and physical security problems in the country. Lee Holcomb, president of the alliance and deputy of Technical Operations at Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions, spoke with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, about the work the group is doing. Lockheed Martin is a founding member of CSRA.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 01:47pm EDT
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Bill Noonan, Cyber Operations, U.S. Secret Service

Data breaches happen in both the private and public sector. The latest victims include the IRS, Veteran Affairs and Target. So, whom do you call when your agency is under attack? The Secret Service might not initially come to mind, but it has a long history of protecting the nation's financial infrastructure from threats. Bill Noonan, the deputy special agent in charge of cyber operations for the Secret Service, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the agency's experience in the cyber arena. He joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to further discuss the agency's role in cyber.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 01:51pm EDT
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DoD accelerates cybersecurity upgrade in Europe

The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:07am EDT
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