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Cybersecurity, mission areas must integrate to stave off flood of attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is bringing these concepts together in a new document to help improve cyber defense and resilience. Ron Ross, a fellow at NIST, said moving cybersecurity closer to the mission decision-makers will help solve a fundamental flaw in how agencies protect systems and data.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , NIST , Peter Gouldmann , State Department , NARA , Controlled unclassified information , AFCEA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:42am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One thing federal agency managers have learned over the past year, is that cybersecurity isn't just an IT problem. It impacts every part of an organization. That's why the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a new publication to help managers embed cybersecurity thinking throughout their organizations. Ron Ross is a fellow at NIST. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about how the agency is borrowing a page from an international standard.

Tags: Cybersecurity , NIST , Jason Miller , Federal Drive

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 11:54am EDT
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

Tags: NIST , Tom Temin , Cybersecurity , joint task force , Federal Drive

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Tags: NIST , contracting , Technology , Cybersecurity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Controlled unclassified information

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Tags: AFCEA , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Technology , cyber security , NIST , IT

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Ron Ross, Computer Scientist, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a four-part plan to help agencies build more secure IT systems. NIST Computer Scientist Ron Ross, who guided a new publication on the issue, tells the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the same engineering principles that apply to bridges and buildings should apply to IT. That is, security should be built in, not added later.

Tags: NIST , Federal Drive , Cybersecurity , information technology

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:16pm EDT
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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 , NIST , 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 , NIST , 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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AFCEA Answers - State of the Cyber Workforce

For over a decade, experts have been forecasting a shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals. And the demand for those experts continues, even as government and industry notes an uptick in the number and the nature of cyber threats. On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we get a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce with Dr. Ron Ross from NIST; Pat Delaney from University of Maryland University College; and Chris May from Carnegie Mellon University's CERT program.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Cyber Workforce , Chris May , Pat Delaney ,

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 10:16am EST
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