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9:16 am, December 25, 2014

Cybersecurity News

Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST

Information Sharing Environment having intended effect after 10 years

Kshemendra Paul, the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment, said his organization's tools and techniques are creating collaboration and trust among federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The Boston Marathon bombing is the most recent example of just how much the way intelligence is shared among authorities.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 08:03am EST
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Jim Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

With each passing week, the stakes in the cybersecurity game get higher. Now Sony is reeling from a cyber attack U.S. officials believe originated in North Korea. This incident got Tom Temin wondering if the average federal agency has sufficient defenses against an attack like this. Or if it has enough resilience to recover. Jim Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined the Federal Drive with an update on the government's cybersecurity status.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:49am EST
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Connect.gov is latest attempt to get buy-in to online ID management

The General Services Administration launched the Connect.gov portal in November and awarded two vendors contracts to provide secure electronic credentials. VA and USDA are among the first agencies to put applications on the cloud credential exchange. USPS is developing the technology infrastructure to allow this shared service to happen.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52pm EST

One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:26pm EST

The federal workforce year in review

Debra Roth hosts a roundtable discussion of the "hot" federal workforce topics in 2014, and what will be the big issues in 2015.
December 19, 2014

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:48pm EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
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Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
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DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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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.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

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
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