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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 , NIST , 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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White House draft cyber order promotes voluntary critical infrastructure protections

The administration is considering using an executive order to promote and encourage critical infrastructure providers to improve their cybersecurity. The draft EO, which Federal News Radio obtained details of, mirrors major sections of the second version of the Lieberman- Collins comprehensive cyber bill.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , White House , Congress , DHS , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/07/2012, 07:48pm EDT
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DHS reports surge in cyber attacks against critical infrastructure

In 2011, companies reported 198 cyber incidents to the Homeland Security Department a nearly 383 percent increase above 2010, according to a June 28 report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Companies reported nine such incidents in 2009., when DHS opened ICE-CERT to help protect private-sector operators critical infrastructure from "emerging" cyber threats.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , industry , US-CERT , ICS-CERT , spear phishing

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:15pm EDT

DoD using cyber teams like aircraft - for offense and defense

Gen. Keith Alexander said a recent cyber exercise is the first time the military showed it can do offensive and defensive capabilities at the same time, by the same team. This was part of Alexander's answers to questions from Sen. John McCain.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Keith Alexander , John McCain , Senate , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Congress , information sharing , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:10pm EDT

DoD, DHS officials keep pressure on Congress for new cyber laws

The government is working with a cobbled-together set of authorities and responsibilities when it comes to protecting networks from cyber threats, a top Homeland Security Department cyber official said Wednesday. Congress needs to act soon to update the nation's cybersecurity posture, he said.

Tags: cybersecurity , DoD , DHS , information sharing , University of Rhode Island , ODNI , DIA , U.S. Cyber Command , James Langevin , Michael Flynn , Mark Weatherford , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 05:19am EDT
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White House presses for stricter cyber rules for critical infrastructure

Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government's responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , Congress , FISMA , Howard Schmidt , Lisa Murkowski , Joe Lieberman , technology , DHS , Jared Serbu , Susan Collins , Georgetown University ,

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:36am EDT
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Senate cyber bill faces bumpy road ahead

Lawmakers at odds over critical infrastructure protection provisions. Sen. McCain promised to introduce a new version of a comprehensive cyber bill to focus on collaboration and information sharing instead of regulation of critical infrastructures. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins refute the criticism, saying they've held 10 hearings, hundreds of meeting and pleaded with others in the Senate to offer comments.

Tags: technology , management , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John McCain , Tom Ridge , Janet Napolitano , DHS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , cybersecurity , privacy , DoD , NSA , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/17/2012, 06:04am EST
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Report: DHS should collaborate with industry on cyber guidance

Gregory Wilshusen, director of information security issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the various methods of federal cybersecurity guidance. GAO recently recommended that DHS collaborate with industry in developing guidance.

Tags: GAO , In Depth , Francis Rose , Gregory Wilshusen , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , DHS ,

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 05:30pm EST
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Draft cyber bill gives DHS controversial authorities

The Senate is set to take up comprehensive cyber legislation in January that already is causing experts heartburn. Provisions to give the Homeland Security Department more authorities, including taking "any lawful action" to stop cyber attacks against systems holding federal data, are coming under fire. Industry experts are optimistic Congress will pass major cyber reform.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Alan Paller , James Lewis , Bob Dix , SANS Institute , CSIS , Juniper Networks , FISMA , DHS , White House , Congress , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/13/2012, 05:14am EST
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Few agencies meet OMB's goal to protect critical infrastructure

GAO says OMB has not provided enough oversight. Only 4 of 18 agencies met all the requirements under HSPD-7, which the White House issued in 2003.

Tags: technology , OMB , GAO , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , HSPD-7

Tuesday - 11/17/2009, 06:40am EST
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