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DHS says cyber initiatives healthy and growing

Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in DHS, said the CDM, Einstein and Enhance Cybersecurity Services programs are on the upswing in terms of impact and number of users. Ozment said there are no delays with CDM, and the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention software covers 25 percent of all federal employees.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , Einstein program , Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program , information sharing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The Homeland Security Department has new orders from the Office of Management and Budget to scan certain agency networks. That's on top of a set of cyber initiatives DHS is working on, which is already pretty long. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how DHS will accomplish all of these cyber goals to make federal networks safer.

Tags: DHS , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 05:12pm EDT
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OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Tags: DHS , cybersecurity , technology , Heartbleed , OMB , Beth Cobert , management , Shaun Donovan , FISMA , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Tags: exclusive , Jason Miller , technology , cybersecurity , DHS , information sharing , scorecard , Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off this week, and it's much different than the previous 10. The main reason is because agencies have finally moved beyond the need to understand why cybersecurity is important. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why needing cybersecurity isn't a foreign concept to most within government anymore.

Tags: DHS , In Depth , Federal Drive

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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Cyber handbook provides critical link between DHS, industry

The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, introduced Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, outlines five key principles that aim to move forward the collaborative cybersecurity effort.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , industry , Larry Clinton , Ken Daly , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS cloud credential exchange almost ready, flood of GSA contract protests

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS' cloud exchange is almost ready to fly; GSA faces a flood of contract protests; and technology chairs shuffle at DHS and GSA.

Tags: USPS , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Doughlas Glair , FICAM , GSA , contracting , GAO , OASIS , Diana Gowen , Mary Davie , OMB , technology , Suzanne Spaulding , Phyllis Schneck , Mike Locatis , Bobbie Stempfley , DHS , Gregory Touhill , Katie Lewin , Kelly Olson , Sheila Campbell

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:02pm EDT

Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , OMB , White House , cross-agency goals , HSPD-12 , TIC , continuous monitoring , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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White House seeks to shed the risk-averse cyber information sharing culture

President Obama's recent executive order directing that cyber threat information be shared more broadly with the private sector risks making the data less useful to the intelligence agencies that gather and process it. But the risk is worth the potential reward.

Tags: cybersecurity , White House , industry , critical infrastructure , information sharing , Enhanced Cybersecurity Services , Jared Serbu , AFCEA

Monday - 02/25/2013, 05:10am EST
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