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6:39 pm, July 23, 2014

Cybersecurity News

SSA not ready to meet future challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration says the Social Security Administration is not ready for the challenges of the future. NAPA says shrinking budgets, retiring workers and rapidly changing technology are all issues that need to be addressed in the next 15 years.

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DHS cyber executive to retire

Larry Zelvin is stepping down as the director of DHS's National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCIC) next month after almost 30 years of government service.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:26pm EDT

IRS scandal teaches agencies to archive

Agencies should be archiving all business communication to avoid mayhem such as at the IRS. While the agency shifts blame from e-mail to instant messenger, Nancy Flynn, founder of ePolicy, told Federal News Radio that agencies need to better manage the many communication options.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren't just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Federal officials say Chinese hackers broke into the networks of the Government Accountability Office and the Government Printing Office back in March. While news of Chinese cyber attacks on federal agencies isn't unprecedented, the March attacks, first reported by the New York Times, have some observers scratching their heads. They say it's unclear why those two agencies would be targeted -- particularly in the case of GPO. Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's also former deputy assistant Defense secretary. He said the attacks shouldn't come as a surprise on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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As cyber attackers get more sophisticated, so must agencies' protections

Cyber criminals are adjusting so quickly that it's become an 'arms race' between them and agency technology officers trying to guard against threats. During a recent Federal News Radio panel discussion, officials shared expertise and tactics for protection.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:29pm EDT

Gen. James Clapper, Director, National Intelligence

The nation's top intelligence official says transparency is going to have to be a feature of the intelligence community from now on. Gen. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence says that's his main takeaway from the Edward Snowden leaks and their continuing fallout. Clapper is the guest on the latest edition of AFCEA Answers on Federal News Radio. In this excerpt, he told host Max Cacas he makes no apologies for the programs Snowden exposed, but intelligence agencies need to do a better job of explaining why they do what they do.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:06pm EDT
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Levi Gundert, Technical Lead, Cisco

The Justice Department is asking Congress for more resources to fight cybercrime. Yesterday, a top official told Senators cyber criminals are becoming so sophisticated that the department, and the FBI in particular, are adapting their tactics and tools on a minute-by-minute basis. That might not be fast enough. The FBI estimates 500 million computers are infected by botnets each year, meaning that there are 18 victims per second. Levi Gundert is a former secret service agent and now a technical lead with Cisco's Threat Research, Analysis and Communications team. He told Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the government deserves credit for building partnerships that can track and find cyber criminals.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 08:57am EDT
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All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
July 14, 2014

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Agencies reset after missing the mark on cybersecurity goals

Despite steps forward, agencies fell short of their 2014 targets for cybersecurity. The Obama administration is pushing chief information officers to focus on priorities of continuous monitoring, phishing and malware, and authorization processes for 2015, according to the newly released cross-agency priority goals on Performance.gov.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 02:52pm EDT

Landing that federal job -- a recruiter's perspective

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss how to get a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
July 11, 2014

Friday - 07/11/2014, 08:50pm EDT
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Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

Report: Chinese hackers break into US personnel networks, target security clearance files

Friday - 07/11/2014, 05:48pm EDT

Federal cybersecurity update

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the latest developments in cybersecurity.
July 11, 2014

Friday - 07/11/2014, 05:18pm EDT
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Report: Chinese hackers hit OPM networks

Chinese hackers broke into OPM computer networks earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to a media report. OPM tells Federal News Radio, "neither OPM nor US-CERT have identified any loss of personally identifiable information."

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 01:31pm EDT

Mark Cohn, Chief Technology Officer, Unisys Federal Systems

When it comes to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, White House policy has federal agencies and the private sector joined at the hip. So it matters to the federal government how good the private sector is at cyber. Unisys and the Poneman Institute surveyed companies who operate critical infrastructure. The picture isn't great. Mark Cohn, the chief technology officer of Unisys Federal Systems, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the results of the survey.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:48am EDT
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Senate advances cybersecurity defense

The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The legislation is designed to expand information shared about cybersecurity threats and defensive mechanisms between the government and companies and within the private sector. The goal is to combat the rapid increase in attacks on computer systems that have resulted in the theft of millions of Americans' personal information and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for businesses.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 09:21am EDT

Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven't gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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State on path toward recovery after harsh IG report on cyber

Bill Lay, the State Department's chief information security officer, said his budget for cybersecurity doubled in 2014 to help address the recommendations outlined by the agency's inspector general.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:07pm EDT

NSA revamps processes to more quickly approve commercial technology

The National Information Assurance Partnership, the U.S. implementation of what was supposed to be a faster, cheaper process to verify the cybersecurity of commercial IT products, turned out to be so slow and expensive that few companies could afford to go through it. But officials said they hope a recent overhaul in the procedures will breathe new life into the program.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:35am EDT
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GSA, DHS about ready to turn the spigot on for a new set of cyber tools

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts that will truly kickstart the federal move toward dynamic cybersecurity protections of agency networks and computers. The two agencies will release six task orders under the $6 billion CDM program in the coming year to implement tools and services across more than 40 agencies.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08am EDT
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