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Federal News Radio surveyed more than a dozen current and former federal officials about what technology and acquisition stories stood out last year.
The Defense Information Systems Agency says an eventual commercial cloud buy probably won't be bundled into a single contract vehicle, but in the meantime, DoD needs to work through challenges involving security, approval policy and network operations.
A new white paper from SafeGov recommended ways for agencies to move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said agencies need a clearer picture of how this integration could happen.
HealthCare.gov was like other failed systems, the result of boiling a toxic stew of poorly defined requirements, the wrong contractor, insufficient oversight and unclear lines of authority.
Cyber security advocates are frustrated that new legislation is caught between a rock and a hard place. It's stuck in contentious debates over government surveillance and the government shutdown. NSA's highly skilled cyber workers have been told to stay home, weakening the nation's ability to protect critical cyber infrastructure. Thousands of people with PHDs and math whizzes and thousands of computer scientists have been sitting idly at home.
Homeland Security News is reporting that if hackers can steal a company's top-secret data, they can just as easily destroy a company's network. Richard Bejtlich, chief security officer for Mandiant, a cyber-security company, said not only are hackers getting into networks to steal huge amounts of intellectual property but they can also permanently erase data.
Federal employees are eligible for a free one-day training session in early November on implementing continuous monitoring. The goal is to help agencies make good use of the continuous diagnostics and monitoring contract DHS awarded in August.
The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report Monday that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation on Monday and renewed demands for talks on protection of personal data, as well as pledges that the surveillance would cease.
Russian authorities have arrested a man believed to be responsible for distributing a notorious software kit known as "Blackhole" that is widely used by cyber criminals to infect PCs, according to a person familiar with the situation. A former Russian police detective in contact with Russia's federal government told Reuters that the suspect, who is known in hacking circles as "Paunch," had been arrested.