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VA adds, NIST loses senior executive

The Senate confirmed Sloan Gibson to be the next deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Patrick Gallagher, is heading off to academia.

Tags: people , VA , Commerce , Sloan Gibson , Patrick Gallagher , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 09:24am EST

IGs to propose cyber maturity model to better gauge federal cyber health

The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government's computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , oversight , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , Ron Ross , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , council of the inspectors general on integrity and and efficiency , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 04:45am EST
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Agencies experiencing a widening cybersecurity reality gap

The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn't in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.

Tags: technology , State Department , cybersecurity , Ron Ross , Pat Howard , Alan Paller , David Kotz , Kathleen Tighe , Education Department , oversight , DHS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:54am EST
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Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Tags: technology , DHS , Donna Roy , Naomi Lefkovitz , USPS , identity management , IRS , Sharon James , AFCEA , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am EST

NIST's cyber framework moves toward implementation stage

NIST issues the industry-developed final draft approach to help critical infrastructure providers secure their computer systems. The agency is accepting comments over the next couple of months and will issue a version 1.0 of the framework in February. Industry offered mixed reactions to the framework. Some said it's too broad while others said it provides a set of agreed upon basic cyber protections.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Patrick Gallagher , critical infrastructure , Bob Dix , Tim Conway , McAfee , Telecommunications Industry Association , White House , Phil Agcaoili , Cox Communications , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:10am EDT
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Cyber workers control their future as skillsets converge

As business practices, information technology and cybersecurity threats become more industry-agnostic, competition across and between industries for cybersecurity professionals will remain fierce, says Earl Crane, former member of the White House National Security Staff. Though professionals will be in short supply for years to come, increased mobility among industries and government will bring a leveling of common cybersecurity skills across the profession.

Tags: Earl Crane , technology , cybersecurity , CNSS , commentary , workforce , National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 12:37pm EDT

OMB sets 2017 as deadline to move to dynamic cybersecurity

The Office of Management and Budget released a new memo Tuesday detailing the steps and deadlines agencies must meet to implement information-system continuous monitoring. The mandate comes on the heels of the General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department releasing the first task order for continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) tools and sensors, of which Federal News Radio has exclusive details.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , OMB , DHS , Sylvia Burwell , continuous monitoring , GSA , contracting , Robert Lentz , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:30pm EST

Agencies settling in on better privacy controls

More agencies are recognizing the growing importance of keeping data private after recent information leaks and cyber breaches. The Federal Trade Commission is among the agencies at the head of the pack and is relying on best practices.

Tags: technology , privacy , cybersecurity , Peter Miller , FTC , ACT-IAC , best practices , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 03:45am EST
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Recommendations attempt to raise acquisition, cyber consciousness

GSA and DoD release six suggestions for how to better integrate cybersecurity in the acquisition progress. The recommendations are one of the deliverables under the cyber Executive Order President Obama signed last February. GSA will release a RFI in the coming weeks to let industry and others comment on how best to begin implementation.

Tags: acquisition , technology , cybersecurity , GSA , DoD , Trey Hodgkins , IT Alliance for Public Sector , Jonathan Cedarbaum , WilmerHale , executive order , Jason Miller , Emile Monette

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 04:20am EST
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DHS revs up its part of the cyber executive order

Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS, said the department will release a voluntary cyber program on Feb. 14 as part of the deliverables under President Barack Obama's 2013 Executive Order. Schneck said among her top priorities is to continue to build a trust relationship with the assorted public and private sector stakeholders.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Phyllis Schneck , executive order , cyber framework , Einstein 3 , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/31/2014, 04:11am EST
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