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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Dan Mintz, Principal, ESEM Consulting

Federal agency Inspectors General are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance and those reports. Those IG reports are still good news though, says Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department Chief Information Officer and now principal at ESEM Consulting. Dan tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's because the IGs haven't always been so hands-on with FISMA compliance.

Tags: Dan Mintz , ESEM Consulting , In Depth

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

In this edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," The Department of Defense releases the results of a study detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use; what could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals and Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , cybersecurity , DoD , Terry Halvorsen , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , oversight , State Department , continuous monitoring , people , White House , Office of Science and Technology , Commerce Department , OMB , U.S. Digital Service , Nick Sinai , Harvard University , Lynn Overman , Charles Worthington , Aneesh Chopra

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:56am EST

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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