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DHS broadens public-private efforts to combat cyber risks

Mark Weatherford, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, discusses how the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is at the core of an effort to bring government and industry closer together to respond to threats against critical infrastructure.
October 25, 2012

Tags: technology , Ask the CIO , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Rising , Mark Weatherford , DHS , critical infrastructure , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 05:43pm EDT
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Top Cybersecurity Accomplishments, 2006-2012

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinion on what were the most significant accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public-private partnerships. The list blends suggestions of more than 10 authorities on federal cybersecurity. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Howard Schmidt , DHS , DoD , Cyber Command , Cybersecurity Rising

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 03:13am EDT

Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: technology , acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , IRS , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , cloud computing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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New cybersecurity threat could revive legislation

Congress has a lot of unfinished business to tackle during its lame duck session expected in November. The House Intelligence Committee chairman thinks new threat information could push cyber legislation up the priority list.

Tags: technology , Congress , cybersecurity , National Security Agency , U.S. Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , House Intelligence Committee , Mike Rogers , CISPA , Jared Serbu , U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Friday - 10/05/2012, 05:06am EDT
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Lawmakers divided on counterterror effort

Tags: Senate , DHS , fusion centers , Carl Levin , Tom Coburn

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 05:46pm EDT

New FOIA portal promotes transparency, eases agency interactions

The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Commerce Department and National Archives to launch a new online portal aimed at streamlining the Freedom of Information Act request process for both the public and federal agencies.

Tags: FOIA , FOIAOnline , NARA , EPA , Commerce Department , Regulations.gov , Katherine McFate , OMB Watch , open government , transparency , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell ,

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:15am EDT
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White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Tags: technology , industry , cybersecurity , INSA , Michael Daniel , White House , DHS , DoD , defense industrial base companies , Terry Roberts , Mike Rogers , House Intelligence Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

Five ways to ensure responsible information sharing

The Information Sharing Environment is supporting a set of technology priories to promote the safe disclosure of data. In the ISE's annual report to Congress, it highlights the steps agencies have taken over the past year to move toward a culture of responsible and secure information sharing.

Tags: technology , management , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , WikiLeaks , ODNI , Insider Threat Strategy , National Strategy for Infomation Sharing , NIEM , Supicious Activity Reporting standard , Jason Miller , FICAM , identity management

Friday - 09/28/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Agencies embrace information-sharing efforts, make effective progress

In the post-9/11 age, information sharing - between federal agencies, and across multiple layers of government - became an even more vital endeavor. The Information Sharing Environment, headed by program manager, Kshemendra Paul, has helped to improve the coordination of information sharing. Under his watch, the National Information Exchange Model has worked to break down intelligence and information stovepipes. Agencies embraced the spirit of the idea, made progress toward the administration's stated goals and the results have been apparent. Federal News Radio examines the government's information sharing efforts as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Obama Impact , Information Sharing Environment , Kshemendra Paul , NIEM

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:34pm EDT
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Technology reforms give agencies a needed lift

In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine the success and change brought by five technology initiatives. We rated three as effective, one as having made some progress, but more is needed, and a fifth as ineffective.

Tags: technology , Obama Impact , cybersecurity , openness and transparency , IT reform , health IT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:25am EDT
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