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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2015

All of Nextgov's indepth coverage exploring the world of cybersecurity.

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OIG: Interior Needs to Shore Up Insider-Threat Defenses

August 10, 2016 The department also needs to ensure mobile devices are encrypted, among other recommendations.

Here’s the Government’s New Definition of a Major Cyberincident

November 4, 2015 The new definition comes in annual guidance issued to agencies by the Office of Management and Budget as part of the Federal Information Security Management Act.

How the Federal Government Is Attempting to Protect the Internet of Things

November 2, 2015 Federal attempts to protect the network of devices and sensors -- for consumers and agencies -- are gradually building.

Say What? Even the Experts Disagree on Cyber Terminology

October 30, 2015 While mixing up cyber terminology may seem harmless, doing so could have real-world consequences.

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Pop Quiz: Which Navy N00bs Have a Gift for Stopping Hacks?

October 30, 2015 The proposed talent assessment would function not unlike an existing Defensewide exam that screens a recruit's knack for picking up foreign languages.

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan

White House Issues Governmentwide Cyber Action Plan

October 30, 2015 The new guidance aims to protect the most high-value information assets the federal government holds.

Infographic: What's the Real Cost of Cyber Crime?

October 30, 2015 Just how much money could be lost during a major cyber event?

The Biggest Cyber Breaches of 2015 (So Far)

October 30, 2015 Thousands of hacks and data breaches occur every day, though many don’t make the headlines.

The Military’s SAT Could Soon Test for Cybersecurity Smarts

October 29, 2015 Right now, there aren't many options to identify a new recruit with a particular aptitude toward cyber.

5 Cybersecurity Truths to Know Now

October 29, 2015 Key points that will help agencies strengthen their defenses to keep data secure.

Why Millennials Aren’t the Answer to Government’s Cyber Shortage Just Yet

October 26, 2015 Nearly 80 percent of millennials said they’ve never spoken to a practicing cybersecurity professional.

New Federal Action Plan for Cybersecurity ‘Days Away’ From Being Released

October 22, 2015 The plan will include steps agencies should take to recruit a qualified cyber workforce and acquire emerging technology.

5 Ways to Spot a Coerced Insider Threat

October 22, 2015 For traditional insider threat risk, there are traditional warning signs, but for a coerced threat, their outward behavior will likely not change at all.

CIOs Talk: Cybersecurity Isn't Just About Tech

October 20, 2015 The technology itself can be secondary, according to some federal CIOs.

Dark Web 101: What Feds Need to Know About the Underbelly of the Internet

October 18, 2015 And 8 ways to fight bad guys in the online underground, if you have been affected by a data breach.

OPM CIO Donna Seymour

OPM to Fully Do Away with Passwords for Network Access – In 2 Years

October 13, 2015 Today, all OPM employees need a smart card for network access, but not for all users outside of the agency.

Former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke about surveillance and civil liberties at the Oct. 13 Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The One Person Who’s Not Losing Sleep Over Potential ID Theft

October 13, 2015 A famous whistleblower on the lam might be the last person a cybercriminal wants to impersonate.

Breach Patrol: The Surprisingly ‘Not Sexy’ Life of 24/7 White Hat Hackers

October 13, 2015 I set out to find a squad of code breakers who use their skills for good. But I didn't see too many wall-length display screens or cyber geniuses sprinting around with thumb drives in hand to neutralize infected airplanes.

Government’s Cyber Education Programs Need Reboot

October 9, 2015 The government should encourage more hands-on education and incident-based testing at the colleges and universities that help fill the pipeline of cyber talent.

Watchdog Duo Wants to Move Security Clearance Data Out of OPM

October 9, 2015 “Simply put, OPM was not designed to house and protect this sensitive data,” the lawmakers say.

House Inspector General: 'Everybody' Needs to Fight in the Current Cyberwar

October 8, 2015 The country is in the middle of a cyberwar and needs everyone's help, said House IG Theresa Grafenstine.

After USPS Phishing Hack, Audit Shows Postal Workers Still Click on Links

October 7, 2015 Aquarter of agency employees fell for a simulated email scheme, according to an internal watchdog.

CIA Social Media Team: We Use Twitter to 'Explain Our Mission'

October 7, 2015 The small team is more interested in using the platform to push out historical tidbits than having conversations with individual users.

Why Aren't We Learning from These Devastating Cyberattacks?

October 6, 2015 Here's why cyberthreat information sharing between the public and private sectors might make sense.

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.

Congressman: OPM Hack Data Being Used to Attempt Identity Theft

October 6, 2015 Rep. Gerry Connolly’s assessment is at odds with what leaders of the intelligence community and OPM have said.

What Comes After Cybersecurity Awareness?

October 5, 2015 In recognizing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Nextgov will be shining the light on what’s being done in government to raise the cybersecurity awareness and the multitude of challenges federal agencies face.

Feds Call Cyber Information Sharing ‘Ineffective,’ Study Finds

October 1, 2015 This finding is one of several grim conclusions in an independently conducted study on the state of cybersecurity at all levels of government.