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House passes 2013 funding for Commerce, Justice

The House approved the first spending bill for 2013, setting operating budgets for the Commerce and Justice Departments and for science-related agencies, such as NASA.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , House Appropriations Committee , Commerce , Justice , FBI , Census , NOAA

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:50pm EDT

NIST program helps US manufacturers improve efficiencies

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership has a goal of making U.S. manufacturers more competitive.

Tags: Roger Kilmer , manufacturing , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/30/2012, 12:27pm EDT
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White House team tackles identity management in the cloud

A working group is developing common requirements for a federated cloud identity management shared service. NIH already showed how this could be done with its iTrust tools. The tiger team is expected to issue the common standards in the next few months.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , Jeremy Grant , White House , NIH , identity management , NSTIC , third-party credentials , FICAM , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 06:05am EDT
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NIST proposes changes to digital signature standards

Digital signatures are mathematical algorithms that ensure authenticity of digital documents. They are specified in Federal Information Processing Standard, or FIPS 186 3. The standard first came out in 1994.

Tags: Digital Signature Standards , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 09:02am EDT

FedRAMP almost ready to approve first outside security accreditors

GSA, NIST to name the first batch of outside organizations who will test and validate commercial cloud products against baseline security standards in the FedRAMP cloud security program in May. The Joint Authorization Board also will release guidance to industry on how to implement the security requirements in the coming months. FedRAMP still is months from approving its first set of vendors.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , third party accreditors , cloud computing , GSA , DoD , DHS , David McClure , David DeVries , Richard Spires , Jared Serbu , AFFIRM , industry , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 04/16/2012, 05:34am EDT
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NIST is updating electronic signature standards

National Institute of Standards and Technology wants comments about revisions to FIPS 186-3. NIST said the proposed revision includes clarifications, corrections and revisions

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 09:24am EDT

Commerce proposes changes to digital signatures

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has asked for comments about its proposed revisions to the Digital Signatures Standard.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Commerce Department , FIPS

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 06:46pm EDT

Three agencies fall short in assessing IT supply chain risks

Gregory Wilshusen, GSA's director of information security issue, discussed a recent report about IT supply chain risks with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp

Tags: Greg Wilshusen , GSA , DoD , Energy , Justice , DHS , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 12:26pm EDT
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NIST offers free workshop on conformity assessment

Conformity assessment is "determining if people, products and services meet requirements," said Gordon Gillerman, the director of standards services for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tags: Gordon Gillerman , conformity assessment , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:23am EDT
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FCC, NIST leading fight against 'zombie armies'

A new Internet Botnet Group will bring together federal and industry experts to try to stem the tide against botnet attacks. Experts estimate one in 10 computers are controlled by bad actors using malicious software to attack organizations. FCC working groups released three reports with recommendations for improve cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Miriam Perlberg , Julius Genachowski , FCC , National Security Council , White House , cybersecurity , botnets , Steve Crocker , Shinkuro , Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group , Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council , DNSSEC , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:15am EDT
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