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In OPM cyber breach, security experts spy fundamental problem

While it's far from a full-fledged cyberattack, the "technical malfunction" that besieged an Office of Personnel Management Web portal Monday underscores a governmentwide problem that's not easy to fix, according to experts.

Tags: cybersecurity , OPM , Elijah Cummings , KeyPoint Government Solutions , GAO , Greg Wilshusen , Simon Crosby , Bromium , SANS Institute , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:20pm EST

White House gives agencies the lead role in combating ID theft

The White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud. More secure government credit cards and multi-factor authentication for federal websites dealing with sensitive citizen data are two ways to do that.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , White House , GSA , Treasury , Barack Obama , SANS Institute , John Pescatore , identity management , HSPD 12 , government charge cards , identity theft , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:32pm EDT

DHS striving to avoid 'tragic mistake' under cyber program

Under the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, DHS wants to ensure systems administrators have data on the most pressing threats and vulnerabilities first so they can fix them as soon as possible. John Streufert, DHS's director of federal network resilience, said the recently-awarded dashboard will be set up to do just that.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Jason Miller , SANS Institute , Continuous diagnostics and mitigation , AFCEA , John Streufert

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:30am 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.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , SANS Institute , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT

Federal News Countdown: Lerner held in contempt, DoD triples cybersecurity staff

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute and Jenny Mattingley of Shaw Bransford & Roth counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Tags: Jenny Mattingley , In Depth , Federal News Countdown

Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:59pm EDT

IGs to propose cyber maturity model to better gauge federal cyber health

The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government's computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , oversight , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , Ron Ross , NIST , SANS Institute , council of the inspectors general on integrity and and efficiency , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:45am EST

Agencies experiencing a widening cybersecurity reality gap

The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn't in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.

Tags: technology , State Department , cybersecurity , NIST , Ron Ross , Pat Howard , David Kotz , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , oversight , DHS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:54am EST

In Depth Show Blog - October 25, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Nicole Lurie , Tom Shoop , Ron Sanders , In Depth

Friday - 10/25/2013, 05:26pm EDT

Federal News Countdown: Shutdown recovery, cybersecurity primer

Ron Sanders, vice president at Booz Allen, and Alan Paller, founder of the SANS Institute, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Ron Sanders , Federal News Countdown

Friday - 10/25/2013, 04:46pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- April. 15, 2013

Nina Olson of the IRS talks about new penalties aimed at reducing tax-return related identity theft. Alan Paller of the SANS Institute offers insight on the increased cyber funding in President Obama's 2014 budget request. Dwight Sullivan, a civilian counsel with the Air Force Appellate Defense Division, discusses Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call to remove commanders' ability to overturn criminal convictions. Sandy Baum of George Washington University discusses a new study that calls on changes to the Pell Grant program. Erika Harrell of the Bureau of Justice Statistics talks about a new report on violence in the workplace. Cady North, a senior financial analyst with Bloomberg Government, talks about a new report on funding among six financial regulatory agencies.

Tags: Federal Drive , Nina Olson , Dwight Sullivan , Sandy Baum , Erika Harrell , Cady North

Monday - 04/15/2013, 09:57am EDT
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