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8:28 am, February 27, 2015

Cybersecurity News

Increased federal cloud usage hinges on up-and-coming data encryption technology

Joe Paiva, the CIO at the International Trade Administration in the Commerce Department, said using a cloud encryption gateway helps protect data from the insider threat. Other agencies, such as ATF, focus on personnel security clearances to ensure their information is protected.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 03:41am EST

Administration's cyber sharing proposal a 'policy puzzle,' not a panacea

DHS officials tell Congress that while liability protections are key to encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with federal agencies, the department must also work to earn their trust. It must also work through a "policy puzzle" regarding roles and responsibilities surrounding information sharing.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:22am EST
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Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare — for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:13am EST
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DHS: New cyber threat center is not strictly about cyber

The forthcoming Cyber Threat Intelligence Center would not only serve as a centralized hub for cyber intelligence, but also would fuse cyber information with other intelligence sources and serve as a central point for declassifying secret data about cyber threats.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:20am EST
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VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD plans sequestration impacts report; LPTA review is not an LPTA review

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Pentagon draws a clearer picture of sequestration for Congress and an update to an earlier DoD Reporter's Notebook item on the Pentagon embarking on a new review of the department's use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) contract awards.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:56am EST

DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

FedRAMP launches website, training to clear up confusion

The program that certifies the security of cloud-services providers will launch a namesake website next month in hopes of wooing cautious and confused agencies and vendors.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 12:37pm EST

Agencies neglecting cybersecurity in strategic plans, research finds

New research shows departments do not incorporate cybersecurity efforts into their goals and objectives, said Kevin Desouza, the associate dean for research at the college of public programs at Arizona State University and a non-resident senior fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:03pm EST
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NIST's ID management leader Jeremy Grant to leave government

Jeremy Grant has led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program since 2011. His last day will be in April.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 12:12pm EST

Col. Jeff Schilling (Ret.), Chief Security Officer, FireHost

Information sharing is a two-way street with road hazards in both directions. President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit last week and issued an Executive Order with hopes of fostering a more open exchange between government and the private sector. Jeff Schilling is the chief security officer for FireHost. He once directed the global Security Operations Center under U.S. Army Cyber Command and has seen the challenges from both sides. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he pointed out cybersecurity was only one of the topics the glitterati actually discussed.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 09:38am EST
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CIO Council to approve one standard for mobile app vetting

The Defense Department's National Information Assurance Partnership's (NIAP) protection profile will be the governmentwide standard for agencies to use when ensuring the security of mobile apps. The Mobile Technology Tiger Team recommended the NIAP approach because of the collaboration and coordination across government and with industry.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:02am EST

Obama calls on Silicon Valley to help thwart cyber attacks

Obama calls cyberspace new Wild West, asks Silicon Valley's tech elite to help thwart attacks

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 03:20pm EST

Hurd: 'Three-Legged Stool' key to federal IT reform

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has four top priorities as new chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT, and he wants to use a "three-legged stool" approach to realize them.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:51pm EST

Eric Mill, Technologist, 18F Team, General Services Administration

A handful of government websites are taking at least one step toward making themselves more secure. They're hardcoding a security protocol that would make it more difficult for outsiders to intercept a visitor's connection. That's according to 18F, the General Services Administration's tech team. Eric Mill, a technologist and member of the 18F team, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the upgrade.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:41am EST
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Navy can't afford to fix all of its cyber vulnerabilities, so time to prioritize

A task force assigned to take a holistic view of the Navy's cybersecurity posture catalogues security holes across the Navy enterprise, and concludes that plugging each one would cost an absurd amount of money.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:20am EST
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Postal Service back to normal after electronic glitch fixed

The U.S. Postal Service says it's fixed the electronic glitch that had disrupted some services -- and that everything is back to normal.

Saturday - 02/14/2015, 05:28pm EST

The nature of cyber intelligence

Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte, will discuss the evolution of the cyber intelligence field, and how that is forcing the government and private companies to change how they protect themselves from cyber attacks.
February 13, 2015

Friday - 02/13/2015, 08:28pm EST
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Technical problem -- not hackers -- takes out USPS email

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing a nationwide IT outage today that's impacting USPS email accounts and some services at retail locations across the country.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 02:03pm EST

Matt Hummer, Director of Analytics, Govini

Homeland Security officials and their many constituencies are wondering how Congress will resolve the department's budget tug of war. Secretary Jeh Johnson has testified a funding lapse would result in 30,000 furloughs. Another fallout would be a slowdown in cybersecurity spending. Matt Hummer, director of analytics at the data firm Govini, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with more on that possibility.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:14am EST
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