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2:25 pm, May 27, 2015

Cybersecurity News

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
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VA plans for 'doomsday' cyber scenario

With its networks and systems facing upwards of 1 billion attacks a month, the Veterans Affairs Department is bringing together cyber and mission owners to discuss its courses of action if the situation becomes worse. The agency also is looking to its digital services team to make across-the-board improvements to its online applications.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:19am EDT

One size does not fit all: A multi-faceted approach toward the cyber domain

Commentary: Andrea Little Limbago, a principal social scientist at Endgame, argues for a new type of cyber framework to help public and private sector organizations prepare for and better respond to attacks.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 05:42am EDT

VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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DHS to launch STIX, TAXII service for cyber

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team will begin using two emerging technical specifications to automate how cyber threat information is shared with the public and private sectors.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:01am EDT
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IGs given power to subpoena former feds, contractors under new bill

Inspectors general would have the power to subpoena former feds and contractors to testify in cases of fraud or waste of more than $100,000, or when criminal activity is suspected.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 02:54pm EDT

Dan Waddell, Director of Government Affairs, ISC2

Despite significant investments in cybersecurity, the government's current state of readiness leaves a lot to be desired. That's according to security managers themselves, responding to the latest survey from ISC2. Dan Waddell, director of government affairs for the National Capital Region of ISC2, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the Global Information Security Workforce Study.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:39am EDT
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TSA, HHS speed up move to cyber dashboards

Is patience running short among agencies over the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program?

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:16am EDT

Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

Defense Secretary Ash Carter looks to Silicon Valley for help with its new cyber strategy. But Carter doesn't have too much time to get the partnership off the ground before the Obama administration leaves and another one takes its place. Steve Grundman, George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council and former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why Carter should focus on the wins he can earn now.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:49pm EDT
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Cybersecurity, mission areas must integrate to stave off flood of attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is bringing these concepts together in a new document to help improve cyber defense and resilience. Ron Ross, a fellow at NIST, said moving cybersecurity closer to the mission decision-makers will help solve a fundamental flaw in how agencies protect systems and data.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:42am EDT
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Supply chain risk management & cybersecurity

Emile Monette, senior advisor for Resilience and Cybersecurity at the General Services Administration, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to make the acquisition process safer and more effective.
May 12, 2015

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 08:41pm EDT
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Cyber desktop standard gets wakeup call from CIO Council

The Chief Information Officer's Council held a séance, pulled out its Ouji board and asked for the approval from Rip Van Winkle to raise the United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), otherwise known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration, from its long slumber.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:39am EDT

TSP cyber vulnerabilities not addressed, senators say

The Senate's top two members on homeland security want to know why more isn't being done to stop another cyber attack on federal retirement accounts.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 11:06am EDT

VA reevaluating use of public clouds, new strategy on tap

The Veterans Affairs Department will finalize a strategy to determine how to use public or commercial cloud computing services. VA backed away from public or commercial clouds about three or four years ago because of concerns over records retention capabilities.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Capt. Andrew Tucci, Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard unveiled a new cybersecurity strategy earlier this month. It doesn't just focus on protecting Coast Guard networks and systems. It also includes the country's 3,600 ports. That's because so many ports are nearly fully automated, and therefore vulnerable to cyber attacks. Capt. Andrew Tucci is the chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Port and Facility Compliance. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said cyber attacks comprise the fastest growing risk, even at the ports.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:34am EDT
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DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT

Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
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Jack Harrington, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Super Bowl of cyber competitions just wrapped up this weekend. Ten teams competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Showcases like this one, in which teams show off the skills to protect cyber networks from intruders, are becoming a popular way for companies to scout new — and sorely needed — talent. But the government needs those people too. Jack Harrington is the vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, which hosted last weekend's event. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies are taking away from competitions like this.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:23am EDT
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