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Energy and Identity: Trust and Security in the Smart Grid

Thursday, March 24th, 2010 at 11:00am

Identity and Cyber Security will play a critical role in building and managing a Smart Energy Grid. More secure and reliable access based on known and verifiable Identity will provide greater efficiency, ease of use, and security. With this decentralization, more complex systems of access management will be needed to permit authorized people the ability manage their areas of responsibility, to provide the frameworks necessary to create trust, to verify information, and to allow greater consumer participation in electrical services.

Tags: Booz Allen Distinguished Speaker Series , identity , cyber security , Smart Energy Grid , National Institute of Standards and Technology , National Energy Technology Laboratory , Tennessee Valley Authority , Software Engineering Institute , George Arnold , Steve Bossart , James Sample , Bill Wilson

Tuesday - 03/09/2010, 12:23pm EST
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No sales love for Apps.gov

Agencies have been doing a lot of window shopping at a new government website.

Tags: Collaboration Center , General Services Administration , Katie Lewin , apps.gov

Tuesday - 03/23/2010, 06:00am EDT

Berry taking the option out of telework

OPM Director John Berry says he wants to increase the percentage of feds who telework.

Tags: TANDBERG Telework Center , telework , OMP , John Berry

Monday - 03/22/2010, 01:27am EDT

Federal Cyber Security Education and Training

Cyber attacks are a growing vulnerability for our homeland security and broader national interests - and federal employees are on the front lines. In fact, Politico recently reported that Congress and other government agencies face an average of 1.8 billion cyber attacks per month. Both the number of attacks and their sophistication continue to increase at an alarming rate.

In many instances, the key to successfully combating an attack is stopping it at its entry point, which is often the unsuspecting federal employee. For example, the Politico report pointed out that "…attacks are increasingly focused on infiltrating application software on Hill staffer computers…,"noting:

    In the last five months of 2009, 87 Senate offices, 13 Senate committees and seven other offices were attacked by spear-phishing attacks, which appeared as e-mail messages to staffers urging them to open infected attachments or click on bad links.
It is critical that federal employees understand the possible types of cyber attacks in order to guard against them. Creating an awareness of cyber threats is only the beginning. Addressing a persistent and evolving threat requires persistent and evolving training. A number of key elements are required for any near-term or long-term cyber security training effort to succeed.
  • Cyber security must be an agency priority. Cyber security education and training are much like any other agency initiative: if leadership indicates that something is a priority, agency employees will take action. Agency leadership must make it clear that cyber security education and training are a priority, model the behavior they ask of their employees, and dedicate resources to address the problem and its solution. If they do so, federal employees will respond accordingly.
  • Education and training must be continuous. Hackers, terrorists, and other bad cyber actors do not wait for reporting requirements or other compelling organizational issues to decide when to attack - they just do. Education and training efforts should be ongoing, consistently updated, and test employees' understanding of the topic on a regular basis. Agencies must be as persistent and agile in their training as cyber attackers are in their efforts to do harm.
  • All agency employees must be included in training. All agency employees, and their contractors, are vulnerable to cyber attacks. No grade level is too high or too entry-level to be excluded from standard education and training.
  • Reporting and accountability measures must be implemented. Accountability mechanisms should be used to not only identify those personnel who have or have not received cyber security training, but also on how well they retain the information they have learned. The use of cyber security quizzes or other mechanisms to test the workforce's cyber knowledge provide a quantitative measure of the effectiveness of the training program as well as targeting specific personnel or subjects for deeper training.


  • The techniques used to attack information networks and exploit information are quickly evolving to the point where it is almost impossible to distinguish intrusion activity. The federal government must use an educated workforce on the cyber threat as a force multiplier as part of its cyber security strategy. Individual employees and agencies must share the responsibility for anticipating and preventing cyber attacks from succeeding.

    Tags: Trusted Advisor Blog , cybersecurity , cyber , Congress , Senate , Politico

    Friday - 03/19/2010, 05:28pm EDT

Push-to-talk app makes smart phones ... smarter

A new application for the BlackBerry could soon get first responders working on the same wavelength.

Tags: Collaboration Center , BlackBerry , Twisted Pair Solutions

Tuesday - 03/16/2010, 06:00am EDT

President's Chair in Information Technology and Management

March 15th and March 17th, 2009

Thomas Davenport
President's Chair in Information Technology and Management
Babson College

Tags: Business of Government Hour , information technology , management

Monday - 03/15/2010, 11:55am EDT
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How to get started teleworking

Your agency Telework Coordinator is about to be your new bff.

Tags: TANDBERG Telework Center , telework , GSA

Friday - 03/12/2010, 06:01pm EST

GSA ready to move on to non-Networx work

Agency issues draft RFP for Connections II follow-on contract to help the government transition more quickly to the new telecommunications vehicle. GSA is also readying several other contracts in the short term whilte Networx remains its top priority.

Tags: contracting , Karl Krumbholz , GSA , DISA , Networx , telecommunications , Connections , wireless , Satellite communications

Thursday - 03/11/2010, 06:34am EST
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