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Strides made to harmonize IT security systems across agencies

According to a recent GAO report, there's now proof that national security and non-national security IT systems can work together effectively.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , GAO , IT systems

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 05:25pm EDT

Cyber-jihad group linked to 'here you have' worm

SCMagazineUS.com reports that the malware author who uses the handle "iraq_resistance" is believed to be part of the cyber-jihad organization "Brigades of Tariq ibn Ziyad."

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , here you have worm , computer virus , Brigades of Tariq ibn Ziyad

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 05:12pm EDT

Defining Federal Cyber Risk Management

People exercise risk management, consciously and unconsciously, every day.

Many of us drive on a daily basis. Some speed, and risk the chance of getting caught, while others are more conservative and drive the exact speed limit. We base our decision on whether or not to exceed the speed limit on the information available to us at the time, including our knowledge, past experiences, or the conditions we see in front of us. We weigh the risks against impacts and consequences, making decisions based upon our tolerance for the outcomes. The same is true for federal cyber risk management.

Securing federal information and assets in cyberspace is the primary driver behind cybersecurity. Even so, other factors help define risk, including the potential for negative publicity if a cyber breach occurs, the impact to budget/performance plans if FISMA grades fall short, or the potential for investigations or congressional hearings if the burning issue of the day burns a bit too bright for too long. Federal cyber risk management fundamentally boils down to making risk decisions based upon an agency's risk tolerance - and the drivers behind an agency's tolerance vary across the federal government.

Risk is defined as the likelihood of a future event that may have unintended or unexpected consequences. Federal agencies make the best cyber risk management decisions by using data and information to evaluate the agency's strengths and weaknesses for delivering on its cyber mission in the context of potential threats.

Agencies must use information and data from various disparate sources across the enterprise to make these decisions, including audit log information, vulnerability data, asset information, the agency's regulatory compliance status, external and internal threat activity, human capital risks to the cybersecurity mission, and many more. As challenging as it may be for agencies to consume large volumes of disparate data, it is a challenge that is essential to overcome for agencies to make the best cyber risk management decisions.

Is this achievable? Absolutely. The business intelligence movement established the foundation allowing agencies to minimize risk exacerbated by ad-hoc decision-making. Leveraging business intelligence capabilities for cybersecurity enables agencies to aggregate data across technical and organizational stovepipes and to provide agency cybersecurity leaders with mechanisms for making informed, risk decisions. By better understanding the cyber landscape, federal cybersecurity leaders can - much like our speeding driver example - understand "how fast" to drive and make better investment decisions when addressing enterprise cybersecurity risks.

Tags: technology , KCG's Trusted Advisor Center , cyber , cybersecurity , FISMA , cyberspace , Business intelligence , business

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 12:19pm EDT

The Army needs virtual cyber trainers

The Performance Work Statement (PWS) defines the requirements for the Contractor to provide non-personal services for Information Technology (IT) support to the United States Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G6, Cyber Information Assurance Directorate.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Army , RFP

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 08:30am EDT

DoD, DHS work toward greater cyber cooperation

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , DoD , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , management , CyberCommand , DHS

Wednesday - 09/15/2010, 06:15pm EDT

Searching for 'free' online can cost you

Fort Meade contractor Zytel to be acquired for $28.6M, Mozilla halts Firefox security updates

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , McAfee , Zytel , Fort Meade , Firefox

Wednesday - 09/15/2010, 08:20am EDT

New NIST guide outlines cybersecurity measures

Learn more about what the 500-page guide details

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , cybersecurity , technology , NIST , Cyber Security Working Group , Marianne Swanson

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 06:16pm EDT
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NIST releases new smartgrid cybersecurity guide

Learn more in today's Cybersecurity Update

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , cybsersecurity update , cybersecurity , smartgrid , NIST , OMB

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 05:53pm EDT

Who do you blame after a cyber attack?

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , malware , Symantec , Norton Anti-virus , Aurora Trojan

Monday - 09/13/2010, 05:35pm EDT

NIST to retrain NASA feds as cyber pros

Anti-US hacker takes credit for 'Here you have' worm

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , NIST , NASA , worm

Monday - 09/13/2010, 08:30am EDT
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