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Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: technology , acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , IRS , Naomi Lefkovitz , cloud computing , information sharing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 9, 2012

John Kasianowicz is the NIST project leader on a project coming up with a cheaper way to test DNA for possible illnesses. GAO's John Hutton says that few agencies are compiling inventories for their service contracts. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo discusses a new inspector general's report. Dr. Harry Lambright of Syracuse University studied the effectiveness of two former federal officials. David Hall-Matthews talks about a ranking of nonprofits.

Tags: John Kasianowicz , Federal Drive , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update , John Hutton , GAO , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Harry Lambright , David Hall-Matthews , Publish What You Fund

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 08:45am EDT

Influence of federal cyber workforce roadmap growing

Agencies and universities are refining job descriptions, revamping training and education programs and helping industry, academia and government to begin to reach consensus on the makeup of a modern-day cybersecurity workforce. The Office of Personnel Management also has made changes to personnel systems so that job descriptions map to the framework. The plan already has had in impact on cyber education at colleges and universities across the country.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , DHS , NSA , DISA , Peggy Maxon , Roger Greenwell , Charles Clancy , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Hume Center for National Security and Technology , Jared Serbu , INSA , workforce

Monday - 10/08/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Planning key to cloud success, agency CIOs say

A number of agencies have made high-profile migrations to cloud platforms and the Obama administration has issued sweeping guidance mandating agencies identify and transition services and applications to host in the cloud. For a look at how agencies are faring in their shifts to the cloud and the issues they continue to face, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion, "Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing," sponsored by Level 3 Communications.

Tags: cloud computing , panel discussion , Federal Drive , data center consolidation , Thomas Bayer , Robert Bohn , Mike Wash , Mike Parker , Treasury , NARA , SEC

Friday - 09/28/2012, 11:00am EDT
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Funding boost gives DHS a head start in 2013 to fight cyber threats

The agency plans to release solicitations to help agencies implement sensors to detect threats, followed by industry-provided services to analyze them. Congress approved $183 million to begin in 2013 to help get continuous monitoring off the ground more quickly.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , DHS , FISMA , FedRAMP , John Streufert , Ron Ross , Jared Serbu

Friday - 09/28/2012, 05:56am EDT
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The 8th annual IT Security Automation Conference

Dave Waltermire, security automation architect, Computer Security Division, at NIST, will talk about the upcoming conference and security automaton.
September 25, 2012

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , National Cybersecurity Awareness Month , security automation , Security IT Automation Conference , David Waltermire , software assurance , incident response , analytics , trusted computing , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year

The Government Accountability Office said reports of malware targeting mobile devices have nearly tripled in less than a year.

Tags: GAO , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , malware , Federal Drive , FCC , DHS

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:18am EDT

Agencies likely to miss network upgrade deadline

OMB sent a Sept. 30 target date for departments to implement IPv6. NIST statistics show a majority of the government's networks will not change over from the older IPv4 in the next week.

Tags: technology , OMB , CIO Council , IPv6 , DNS Security , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/21/2012, 05:31pm EDT

NIST seeks comments on securing BIOS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants comments on new draft guidelines for securing Basic Input Output System systems. BIOS is the first software activated after turning a computer on and has increasingly become a new target for hackers.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , In Depth , Cybersecurity Update , BIOS , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/27/2012, 04:13pm EDT

NIST wants software to help spot smartphone security holes

The military, working through DARPA, is trying to develop its own marketplace of apps for helping troops in the field.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , DoD , DARPA , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/20/2012, 08:53am EDT
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