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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DATA Act is law, IT, acquisition A-11 changes

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. Senate lawmakers prepare to mark-up IT reform bill next week. CIO's spend time at camp where OMB and others emphasize the word of the year: effectiveness.

Tags: technology , DATA Act , financial management , A-11 , OMB , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , FITARA , FISMA , Steve VanRoekel , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , budget , security clearances , ODNI , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Senate's version of FISMA update cleans up around the cyber edges

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members will introduce and markup the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Wednesday. The bill would require OMB to rescind a major section of Circular A-130 in order to fix long-standing complaints with FISMA's reauthorization requirements.

Tags: technology , Congress , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , DHS , FISMA , A-130 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 05:14pm EDT

DHS to take 'multi-threat' approach to fighting terrorism, cyber attacks

The Homeland Security Department will channel its efforts into battling terrorism, cyber threats and natural disasters, according to a quadrennial review the agency released Wednesday.

Tags: DHS , terrorism , Shefali Kapadia

Monday - 06/23/2014, 10:55am EDT

Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , workforce , Megan Schmith , GSA , RAND , TechAmerica , management , Stephanie Wasko , AFCEA

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

White House cyber czar's goal: 'Kill the password dead'

Michael Daniel, the Obama administration's cybersecurity coordinator, says he wants to dismantle the most common method of cyber protection: passwords. Even as cyber threats continue to grow more sophisticated and destructive, passwords are weakening and proving easier to crack than ever. The solution lies in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which calls for a broad "identity ecosystem" to replace simple passwords.

Tags: Michael Daniel , IESG , NSTIC , identity management , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 12:06pm EDT

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , Maria Roat , GSA , DoD , Kevin Dulany , AFCEA , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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DoD's own testing of cloud security standards

The Defense Department's testing its own version of cybersecurity standards for cloud systems. The Defense Information Systems Agency is working with all the military branches to find a cybersecurity program that protects the cloud with Level-3 security requirements. DISA's enterprise cloud broker is conducting the software tests. DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the chief information officer's office,Kevin Delaney, isn't sure when the tests will be over. He says the development needs to run incrementally so each level of security controls are working right. The tests are coinciding with the deadline for agency cloud systems to earn security certification through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. Right now FedRAMP offers cloud certification for low to moderate security levels.

Tags: DoD , GDIT , cloud , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:31am EDT

Building On A Solid Cybersecurity Framework

With stories of cyberattacks making the news almost daily, it has become more important than ever to protect the critical infrastructure supporting private industry. That's the goal behind a cybersecurity framework mandated by President Obama, developed by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this edition of "AFCEA Answers," we'll get insights into the progress on the framework from Bobbie Stempfley, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Strategy and Emergency Communications with DHS's National Protections and Programs Directorate. Stempfley will outline the importance of the voluntary nature of the framework, explain the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals, and discuss how DHS works with other federal agencies and key public and private stakeholders.

Tags: AFCEA , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Bobbie Stempfley , DHS

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:15pm EDT

On DoD: NSA's Cyber Incident Response program

Chandra McMahon, Lockheed Martin's vice president for commercial markets, discusses NSA's accreditation system that tests cybersecurity companies against 21 separate focus areas.

Tags: Chandra McMahon , NSA , DoD , On DoD , Lockheed Martin , industry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission is challenging telecoms to work more closely with it to improve the nation's cybersecurity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he is not planning more regulations, rather he is asking the companies to share responsibility. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the FCC's plans. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , FCC , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , In Depth

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:45am EDT
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