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DHS to assess cyber skills of state, local governments

The Homeland Security Department plans to conduct a cyber network assessment survey for all levels of government.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 03:20pm EDT

New terror alert system starts April 26

DHS will launch a new two-tiered approach April 26 to alert the public if there is a real or imminent threat.

Tags: management , Janet Napolitano , terror alert system , John Buckner

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:34pm EDT

Slow cyber progress puts critical infrastructure at risk

Even in a year in which the Stuxnet attack targeted critical infrastructure systems and attacks on grid operators rose dramatically, operators of critical infrastructure around the world took few steps to increase their cyber defenses, a new report found.

Tags: Technology , management , cybersecurity , Critical infrastructure , Stuxnet , McAfee , Center for Strategic and International Studies , White House , FERC , Michael Peters , Stewart Baker , Jared Serbu , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:30am EDT
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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , DoD , VA , Improper payments , Do Not Pay list , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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CBP stopping bugs at the border

Moths, snails, longhorn beetles, leafhoppers, miner flies and mites have been stopped at the border - before they could do damage. We get details from the CBP's Linda Cullen.

Tags: Federal Drive , CBP , USDA , Linda Cullen

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 09:31am EDT
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NIST to play big role to secure online identities

White House strategy gives the Commerce Department bureau the ability to bring industry, privacy, security and other experts together to develop policies and standards. The administration made it clear the private sector will lead the effort and the government is only creating a marketplace for these services.

Tags: Technology , Howard Schmidt , Gene Sperling , Jane Holl Lute , White House , NIST , identity management , PKI , cybersecurity , privacy , Jason Miller , John Buckner

Monday - 04/18/2011, 07:08am EDT
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DHS, military face cyber expert shortage

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security set out to hire 1,000 cyber experts and could only bring in roughly 300.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , Technology , DoD , cyber experts , hiring , In Depth

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 06:43pm EDT

White House draft bill expands DHS cyber responsibilities

Federal News Radio viewed a copy of the proposal that would codify DHS's role in overseeing civilian agency networks. The draft legislation would expand DHS's authorities to those that are similar to what DoD already has around cyber. It also would include new roles around acquisition, personnel and FISMA implementation.

Tags: Technology , management , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , DoD , White House , cybersecurity , FISMA , direct hirer authority , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 06:08pm EDT
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DHS procurement head outlines his vision

The new head of procurement at the Homeland Security Department has a pretty clear vision of how to get - and keep - acquisition on track at his agency.

Tags: Nick Nayak , acquisition , procurement , Contracting , management , In Depth

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 05:37pm EDT
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DHS offers vision of healthy cyber ecosystem

Like natural ecosystems, the cyber ecosystem has many participants. DHS's Greg Schaffer explains how it all fits together.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , cyber ecosystem , Greg Schaffer

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 09:30am EDT
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