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The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can't properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency's IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , GAO , cybersecurity , GDIT , GDIT Enterprise Center

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:56am EST

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , cybersecurity , continuous readiness in information security program , Stephen Warren , technology , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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Why this year's FISMA drill is different

Now that continuous diagnostics and mitigation plays a role, this year's FISMA evaluation cycle shouldn't be regarded as a checkbox exercise, says former CISO Pat Howard.

Tags: technology , Pat Howard , Kratos SecureInfo , commentary

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:24am EDT

Leap Ahead program keeps DHS cyber offerings on cutting edge

The Homeland Security Department has reviewed about 18 new or improved cybersecurity tools or technologies that may be added to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM). John Streufert, the director of Federal Network Resilience at National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said CDM is not delayed and on track to deliver results.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , cybersecurity , DHS , John Streufert , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , critical system resilience , Leap Ahead program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:55am EDT
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Achieving FISMA - High Compliance With Public Clouds

Security concerns remain a major hurdle for federal agencies considering public clouds, especially when it comes to migrating mission-critical workloads. Agencies that have invested in their existing infrastructure still want to leverage the benefits of cloud utility-based services while meeting the compliance requirements of FISMA-High. How can government use public clouds to manage costs and improve IT service delivery to end users while overcoming security concerns and meeting FISMA- High?

Tags: Unisys , Modern Mission Critical Series , Tom Temin , Mark Cohn , David Wennergren , cloud

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 11:57am EDT

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 , Andy Ozment , Jason Miller

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

A new approach to data management

Rick Caccia, vice president of Strategy at Delphix, will discuss the benefits of taking an agile approach to data management.
August 5, 2014

Tags: technology , data management , agile data management , Rick Caccia , Delphix , modernization , consolidation , HIPPA , FDCCI , FITARA , Virtualization , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:36pm EDT
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Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven't gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.

Tags: Council on Cybersecurity , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , Jane Holl Lute , cybersecurity , Federal Information Security Modernization Act ,

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Small government agencies have ground to make up in privacy, cybersecurity compliance

A new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget need to take a more active role in monitoring and guiding small agencies when it comes to their security and privacy-protection programs.

Tags: cybersecurity , GAO audit , OMB , DHS , small agencies , privacy , security ,

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:33pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DATA Act is law, IT, acquisition A-11 changes

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. Senate lawmakers prepare to mark-up IT reform bill next week. CIO's spend time at camp where OMB and others emphasize the word of the year: effectiveness.

Tags: technology , DATA Act , financial management , A-11 , OMB , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , FITARA , cybersecurity , Steve VanRoekel , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , budget , security clearances , ODNI , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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