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VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Dan Galick , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Oversight , FISMA , ASM Research , Accenture , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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House lawmakers alarmed by VA's overseas network access

On the heels of another Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report showing departmental cybersecurity practices falling short, House Veterans Affairs Committee lawmakers are pressing for more answers about just how secure the data of millions of veterans are in the agency's network.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Oversight , VA cyber on the hot seat , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:04am EDT

VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , Cybersecurity , FISMA , continuous readiness in information security program , Technology , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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VA to start accepting bids for new patient scheduling system

VA, which has been eyeing a replacement for its scheduling system long before the current scandal, plans to issue a final request for proposals by the end of next month and make an award by the end of the year.

Tags: VA , Veterans Affairs Department , Technology , VistA , Robert McDonald , Jared Serbu , Health IT

Monday - 08/25/2014, 05:18pm EDT

IG concludes VA's systems, data remain at risk

The 2013 FISMA report to Congress shows the Veterans Affairs Department continues to struggle with cybersecurity and has more than 6,000 items on its plans of actions and milestones and continued weaknesses in access and configuration management controls. VA CIO Stephen Warren details several initiatives to address many of the 35 recommendations.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Oversight , FISMA , Congress , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:11am EDT

VA's Warren given CIO title as House ramps up cyber investigation

In a message to senior executives, Secretary Eric Shinseki said that Stephen Warren now will hold the title of executive in charge, Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer. The title change comes as the House Veterans Affairs Committee is turning up on the heat once again on the agency's ability to secure its systems and protect data.

Tags: Technology , Oversight , Cybersecurity , people , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 05:38pm EDT

VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , veterans , information security , exclusive

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Serious doubts remain about VA's ability to secure veterans' data

A recent briefing between the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA IT executives and DHS ended with the lead majority staff member walking out before the meeting ended. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee's majority and VA come as a report surfaced showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , ID Analytics , identity theft , Eric Hannel , Jeff Miller , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Tags: Technology , VA , Mike Coffman , Tim Huelskamp , Jerry Davis , Linda Halliday , Mike Bowman , Oversight , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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Official describes rampant computer hacking at VA

Jerry Davis, who served as the VA's chief information security officer until February 2013, testified at a House subcommittee hearing that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue "to this very day."

Tags: Jerry Davis , VA , Cybersecurity , hackers , cyber attacks ,

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 07:41pm EDT
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