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Richard Stiennon, cybersecurity analyst

Software assurance policies could be a foundation principle for cybersecurity at your agency in the next five years. That's a prediction from Richard Stiennon, the host of the Security Current blog, the founder of IT Harvest and the author of Surviving Cyberwar. Stiennon tells In Depth with Francis Rose he sees a cybersecurity culture shift inside the beltway.

Tags: Richard Stiennon , IT Harvest , In Depth

Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA takes 18F on a magical mystery tour

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Dan Tangherlini , Dave McClure , 18F , GSA , technology , Matt Chessen , State , Roger Waldron , PTO , sequestration , Tony Scardino , HSPD-12 , DoD , Phyllis Schneck

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:27pm EDT

Senate committee eyes new cyber hiring authorities for DHS

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Thursday the committee plans to mark up a bill on May 21 to give DHS more tools to hire cyber workers more easily.

Tags: technology , DHS , Tom Carper , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , AFFIRM , workforce , training , FISMA , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/16/2014, 12:24pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The Pentagon has issued a final rule for dealing with counterfeit parts. Officials believe too many of them make their way into crucial electronic systems, threatening their reliability or compromising their security. The rule has been a long time coming. It affects both government buyers and industry suppliers. Joe Petrillo, a procurement attorney with the law firm Petrillo & Powell, spoke about some of the main aspects of the rule with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , DoD , counterfeit parts , technology , acquisition , Federal Drive

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:35am EDT
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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: Ron Ross , NIST , Federal Drive , information technology

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 02:16pm EDT
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Cyber Aces competition offers hackers chance to hone skills

Rising stars in the cybersecurity field came together at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently to hone their skills.

Tags: GDIT Cyber Reports , Cyber Aces , University of Massachusetts Boston , NetWars , Deval Patrick

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:59pm EDT

Red tape delayed federal network fixes to Heartbleed vulnerability by several days

DHS says it found out about the Heartbleed vulnerability at the same time everyone else did. But unlike most other organizations, it had to wade through layers of legal negotiations before it could help federal agencies fix the cyber vulnerability in their own systems.

Tags: DHS , technology , Jared Serbu , Heartbleed , Secret Service , Einstein , CenturyLink , Senate Appropriations Committee , William Noonan , Phyllis Schneck , David Mahon

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:47am EDT
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Securing TSP operations a 'never-ending battle,' auditor says

The agency that runs federal employees' (401)k-style Thrift Savings Plan needs to do a better job monitoring potential cyber incidents against its website, strengthen security at its data centers and come up with a plan for tracking all of its technology hardware. That's according to recent audits of the TSP program undertaken by the Labor Department, which were presented to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Monday.

Tags: TSP , Ian Dingwall , DOL , technology , Greg Long , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 10:13am EDT

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Andy Medici and Amber Corrin of the Federal Times will discuss, among other things, Public Service Recognition Week and the recently passed DATA Act.
April 30, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Arthur Stein , TSP , Federal Times , Andy Medici , Amber Corrin , DATA Act , Public Service Recognition Week , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , IT , acquisition , strategic sourcing , GSA , SBA , NSTIC , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT
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