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DHS begins cybersecurity month with a common theme

In a first, the Department of Homeland Security launched its annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month from two cities at the same time: Washington, D.C. and Seattle. Officials reminded government, industry and the general public about good cyber hygiene.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Awareness Month , DHS , Howard Schmidt , Chris Painter , Greg Schaeffer , Jane Holl Lute , Lockheed Martin , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 07:25am EDT
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Exec. order breaks new ground in declassification

Late last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order making significant changes in the way that classified documents are handled. In addition to extending classification for documents dating back to the Vietnam War era, the order also calls for important new guidelines for how to share the information contained in classified documents. Recently, two of the authors of that Executive Order talked about their work before a transparency conference at the American University.

Tags: newsstand , declassification , Executive Order 13526 , National Declassification Center , National Archives , Bill Leary , Gina Genton , ODNI , American University , Washington College of Law , Collaboration on Government Secrecy , Max Cacas

Friday - 01/29/2010, 06:59am EST
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CIO, CHCO councils developing cybersecurity workforce models

The councils will focus on three main areas to develop competency framework. Agencies have until Jan. 15 to submit data about how they classify cyber positions. Interagency working group also will conduct a survey of cybersecurity workforce in the spring.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , John Berry , OPM , CIO Council , CHCO Council , Partnership for Public Service , cybersecurity , Cyber Workforce

Monday - 11/23/2009, 04:18pm EST

White House launches governmentwide review of information sharing

President appoints Mike Resnick to be the new senior director for information sharing policy. Congress questions how the White House position will mesh with the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment.

Tags: mngt , Thomas McNamara , John Brennan , Mike Resnick , OMB , Markle Foundation , Jeffrey Smith , information sharing , identity management , privacy , civil liberties

Friday - 07/31/2009, 06:56am EDT
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Combining the Security Councils

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he is combining White House staffs dealing with international and homeland security, predicting the change will make Americans safer. The Associated Press is reporting, Obama also is creating a new office intended to communicate more effectively with other countries about U.S. security policy. The Homeland Security Council, created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be kept as a venue for discussing issues concerning domestic security, including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters and pandemic influenza. Its staff will be integrated into the National Security Council.

Tags: management , pentagon , Obama , White House , Homeland Security Council ,

Tuesday - 05/26/2009, 08:41pm EDT
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