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DoD doubles down on cyber threat reality

Identity management, standup of Cyber Command, and information sharing with the industrial base have been cited as key cyber accomplishments in the Department of Defense. But much work remains, experts say.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Rob Carey , Martin Dempsey , Robert Lentz , Stephen Boutelle , U.S. Cyber Command , defense industrial base , critical infrastructure , NIST special publication 800-53 Rev 3 , Host Based Security Systems , Jared Serbu , Cybersecurity Rising

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 06:36am EDT
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Top 10 cyber accomplishments since 2006

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinions on what were the most significant cybersecurity accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public- private partnerships. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tags: Cybersecurity Rising , technology , Jason Miller , DoD , DHS , GSA , OMB , White House

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 01:22pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 12, 2012

Nobel Prize winner David Wineland of NIST discusses his accomplishments. And a contingent of large federal buildings might be getting a makeover. The National Capital Planning Commission shares plans the GSA is considering.

Tags: David Wineland , Rebecca Spitzgo , HHS , Ed Zurndorfer , pay and benefits , Diane Sullivan , National Capital Planning Commission , Chris OConnors , NOAA , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/12/2012, 09:39am EDT

Cross-agency priorities give cyber an in with non-IT officials

White House senior director for cybersecurity Andy Ozment said budget folks are getting a better understanding of why cybersecurity is important thanks to the administration's high- priority governmentwide goals. NIST also is helping push the cross-agency goals forward from a technical perspective.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Donna Dodson , Andy Ozment , White House , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Trusted Internet Connections , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cross-agency goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:16am EDT

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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