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DHS teams hunt for weaknesses in federal cyber networks

The Federal Network Security branch is performing Red and Blue teaming exercises to expose the soft spaces in agency networks and harden them. DHS has conducted five Red Teams and 28 Blue Team exercises in 2012. Federal CIOs and CISOs must request the Red Teams to analyze their networks. The agency receives a report on the biggest risks it faces.
July 26, 2012

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Rob Karas , Don Benack , Red Team , Blue Team , Ask the CIO

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 09:59pm EDT
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EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Tags: industry , acquisition , DHS , Mythbusters , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Industry-agency communication , Scott Amey , POGO ,

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Coose: Cyber evolution, gains at DHS will continue despite loss of top leadership

Matt Coose left government after more than 20 years. In his final position as director of the Federal Network Service at DHS, he said the agency's cyber capabilities matured. And agency focus on securing federal networks has never been better.

Tags: workforce , management , cybersecurity , Matt Coose , DHS , FISMA , continuous monitoring ,

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 05:31am EDT
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Senators tell DoJ to fix its suspension, debarment databases

Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) want regular updates from Justice officials on the steps they are taking to better input and share information on vendors who have committed crimes. The DoJ IG found the agency's internal controls and training were lacking.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Justice Department , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Suspension and debarment , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/23/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Senators try compromise to get cyber bill passed

The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Congress , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , Critical infrastructure protection , FISMA , OPM , DHS , Cyber Workforce ,

Friday - 07/20/2012, 05:28am EDT

OFPP trying to solve major vendor data inconsistency

The office asked for industry comment on how to get better data into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System. OFPP asked for input on seven questions.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , contracting , industry , OFPP , GSA , DoD , vendor ethics , FAPIIS ,

Friday - 07/20/2012, 02:20pm EDT

Perakslis moves FDA toward IT innovation, efficiencies

The CIO said he's using an agile approach to keep large programs on track and looking to the cloud to improve the agency's business processes.
Jul 19, 2012(Encore presentation August 27, 2012)

Tags: technology , FDA , Eric Perakslis , IT modernization , cloud computing , Virtualization , Data center consolidation , Agile development , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 01:35pm EDT
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Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Navy , DHS , NASA , Mike Smith , Elliott Branch , Joanne Woytek , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , DoD

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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GSA freezes hiring, suspends most SES bonuses

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said GSA has at least 15 different bonus structures and there are questions about the agency's award rates. He said 85 percent of all SES performance awards are on hold in through 2013. GSA also will not hire new employees until a top-to-bottom review of the agency's organization is completed.

Tags: management , workforce , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , SES , bonuses , pay and benefits , hiring freeze , IAC/ACT ,

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:29pm EDT
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DHS Blue Teams bear out agency compliance with cybersecurity rules

The agency turns to teams of experts to review how departments are meeting the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. DHS plans to expand the use of Blue Teams to the implementation of continuous monitoring and two-factor authentication under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Tags: technology , DHS , Don Benack , cybersecurity , TIC , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Blue Teaming ,

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:25am EDT
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