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White House works to change online transactions

The White House is leading a new effort to secure online transactions across the federal, state and local governments and eventually in the private sector. The creation of the new document is being led by cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt and includes DHS. It is one way the administration hopes to improve cybersecurity. OMB soon will release a new approach to measuring FISMA compliance.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , Diane Watson , Tom Lockwood , OMB , White House Cybersecurity Coordinator , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , DHS , Defense , State , DOJ , Treasury , USPS , GPO , DEA , USPTO , FISMA , cybersecurity , National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions , PKI , Federal Bridge

Thursday - 03/25/2010, 07:00am EDT
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Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB's IT evolution

Fiscal 2011 technology budget request is $79 billion and Vivek Kundra says that will address several challenges, including closing the gap between the private and public sector. GSA will run new apps store for handheld devices. OMB will lead the review of troubled IT programs.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , OMB , VA , EPA , GSA , CGI , Apple , cybersecurity , 2011 budget , IT Dashboard , mobile computing , TechStat , program management , PMAS , HSPD-12 , identity management

Wednesday - 02/10/2010, 06:56am EST
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Schmidt answers doubters as cyber czar

In first public speech, Howard Schmidt details five main focus areas, including updating the federal cybersecurity strategy. He also answers questions about how he will work with the NSC and NEC, and with the federal CIO and CTO. Schmidt says the administration has a big opportunity to improve the long-term cyber health of the government and industry.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , Aneesh Chopra , White House , OMB , National Security Council , National Economic Council , cybersecurity

Thursday - 01/28/2010, 06:22am EST
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DoD gives vendors new rules to protect data

A new directive from the military formalizes a pilot program between the DoD and the Defense Industrial Base. DoD and vendors will create an information sharing environment for threats and best practices.

Tags: technology , Cheryl Roby , DoD , DHS , Robert Lentz , Cyber Security Strategies , cybersecurity , defense industrial base

Monday - 02/15/2010, 04:14pm EST
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With Schmidt in place, who's his deputy?

Sources tell FederalNewsRadio that a leading candidate is a staff member on the Senate Intelligence Committee. In the meantime, former White House cybersecurity lead Hathaway and other industry experts offer the new cyber coordinator some advice about priorities and challenges.

Tags: technology , management , James Langevin , Sameer Bhalotra , White House , Senate Select Committee on Intelligence , DHS , DoD , NSA , FBI , ODNI , Melissa Hathaway , Mischel Kwon , Liesyl Franz , TechAmerica , RSA , Hathaway Global Strategies , information sharing

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 12:54pm EST
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Lawmakers commit to cybersecurity in letter

A group of influential lawmakers send the President a letter emphasizing the need to strengthen national cybersecurity, emphasizing their concerns and recommendations.

Tags: technology , Joesph Lieberman , Harry Reid , Jay Rockefeller , Carl Levin , Dianne Feinstein , Patrick Leahy , John Kerry , Anna Eshoo , Barack Obama , White House , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , cybersecurity , cyberspace coordinator , Meg Beasley

Tuesday - 07/06/2010, 05:23pm EDT

Privacy not taking back seat to security, cyberchief says

White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt says his office will focus on privacy as much as it will focus on cybersecurity. He says the government can't have security without privacy. Experts say they are pleased with Schmidt's initial ideas, but wonder where the privacy oversight board is.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Daniel Akaka , White House , Greg Nojeim , Center for Democracy and Technology , privacy , Privacy Act , Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Friday - 01/29/2010, 06:37am EST
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New Cybersecurity Coordinator no babe in the woods

The President has chosen Howard Schmidt to be the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, told Federal News Radio Schmidt is well aware that 'Washington is a town that eats its young.'

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , White House , Alan Paller , SANS Institute

Tuesday - 12/22/2009, 11:30am EST
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Guarding the Grid

Tags: tech , cybersecurity , Information Security Forum , grid

Monday - 04/13/2009, 09:28am EDT
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iPad: sexy, sleek, notsosafe

Apple's iPad tablet could be tempting as a federal business tool, but it lacks security and manageability features.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , iPad , Facebook

Thursday - 01/28/2010, 08:46am EST
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