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DHS getting a lift with the TIC initiative

The Homeland Security Department is earning some extra credit with its Trusted Internet Connections Initiative, thanks to a little help from the General Services Administration. The goal of the TIC initiative is to consolidate or simply eliminate network connections from outside the agency, which in turn will boost Internet security at DHS. GSA's FedRAMP program office is working hand-in-hand with DHS to do just that.

Tags: DHS , GSA , FedRAMP , GDIT Enterprise Center

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:36pm EDT

Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , OMB , White House , Andy Ozment , cross-agency goals , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Cyber progress fueled by agency brass recognition

Six years after the Veterans Affairs data breach, civilian agency networks and computers are more secure. Current and former federal officials and cyber experts say from secretaries on down, the threat of a cyber attack and the impact on mission is well understood.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity Rising , Dan Chenok , IBM , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Jeff Eisensmith , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , DHS , OMB , cybersecurity , Paul Nicholas , Microsoft , Federal Desktop Core Configuration , FISMA , continuous monitoring , Cyber Workforce , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 03:32am EDT
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DHS Blue Teams bear out agency compliance with cybersecurity rules

The agency turns to teams of experts to review how departments are meeting the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. DHS plans to expand the use of Blue Teams to the implementation of continuous monitoring and two-factor authentication under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

Tags: technology , DHS , Don Benack , cybersecurity , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Blue Teaming , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:25am EDT
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White House grading agency cyber progress

Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.

Tags: technology , management , cybersecurity , Howard Schmidt , Jacob Olcott , OMB , DHS , cyber coordinator , secure identity cards , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Jason Miller , CyberStat , Good Harbor Consulting

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:50am EDT
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Labor to rebalance IT workforce, modernize infrastructure

Tom Wiesner, Labor's deputy chief information officer, is working on a strategy to bring work contracted out to vendors back in-house.
March 3, 2011

Tags: Tom Wiesner , DOL , insourcing , technology , data center consolidation , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 03:36pm EST
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At DHS, TIC is Still Ticking

Sean Donelan of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS talks more about it.
Encore Presentation

Tags: technology , Federal Security Spotlight , DHS , Sean Donelan , Tom Temin , cybersecurity

Thursday - 03/11/2010, 12:00pm EST
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DHS relooking at how to classify cyber incidents

The current set of categories is seven-years-old and has not kept up with the changing cybersecurity environment, says Mischel Kwon, director of U.S.-Cert.

Tags: technology , Mischel Kwon , DHS , U.S.-Cert , cybersecurity ,

Tuesday - 02/17/2009, 07:56pm EST
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FTC hires AT&T to secure Internet gateway

This is the first publicly announced award under the GSA Networx program to meet the Trusted Internet Connections initiative. FTC will receive intrusion detection, intrusion prevention and other cybersecurity services under the $5 million deal. GSA and OMB pushing agencies to transition to the telecommunications contract more quickly.

Tags: technology , contracting , FTC , OMB , GSA , Energy , Transportation , Jeff Mohan , AT&T , Verizon , Sprint , Qwest , Networx , telecommunications , cybersecurity , cloud computing

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 01:52pm EST
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GSA wants Networx to move into high gear

Agency offering to help others transition to new telecommunications contract in any way possible. Only 28 percent of all agency services have moved to Networx so far.

Tags: contracting , technology , Karl Krumbholz , GSA , Energy , DoT , DOL , State , USDA , SSA , Treasury , IAC , AT&T , Verizon , Qwest , Networx , Connections , telecommunications , cybersecurity ,

Tuesday - 09/29/2009, 06:31am EDT
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