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DATA Act: Agile's First Governmentwide Win

July 11, 2017 The successful but anticlimactic launch of the website housing the federal spending data may have also created a blueprint for other modernization projects. “I can't speak highly enough about the technical approach we took,” Dave Lebryk, fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department, told the audience at the final DATA...

NSA Updates List of Tech Ready For Commercialization

July 3, 2017 The National Security Agency recently updated a list of tools it hopes to transfer to the private sector. The agency’s Technology Transfer Program aims to turn some of its research and development projects into viable commercial products by issuing patent license agreements with businesses of all sizes. » Get the...

Is a Cabinet-Level CIO the Future of Government I.T.?

June 29, 2017 The push to purge out-of-date, unsecure IT systems from the federal government has a least one White House adviser wondering whether services should be consolidated into a single agency. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told the DATA Act Summit audience in Washington that White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is grappling...

4 Internet Crimes Trends to Know

June 22, 2017 Internet crimes such as business wire fraud, ransomware, tech support scams and extortion led to more than $1.3 billion in losses in 2016, according to the FBI. The bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, released its annual report Thursday and last year alone it handled 298,728 complaints—though it estimates...

If You're Going to Set a Cyber Trap, Don't Do This

June 20, 2017 If you go to a conference, be wary of charging stations for mobile devices. If you’re an agency setting up a cyber sting, be sure to follow the rules. An Energy Department cyber office decided to test conference goers at the 2016 Cyber Conference in Atlanta with fake charging machines...

DHS Re-awards $1B Cyber Contract to Protect Government Networks

June 19, 2017 The Homeland Security Department re-awarded a $1 billion contract to support the system that provides cyber protection to agencies across government. Raytheon will support DHS’ next-generation National Cybersecurity Protection System, known as Einstein, after a series of bid protests from Northrop Grumman since the initial contract award in September 2015....

3 Lessons Agencies Need to Learn from WannaCry

June 15, 2017 Federal government systems escaped the global outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware, but agencies can glean lessons to fend off whatever comes next, experts told lawmakers Thursday. “Federal systems were fortunately spared from WannaCry, but we want to make sure they’re spared in a more sophisticated attack,” said Rep. Darin LaHood,...

CSRA Sponsored the U.S. Flag Emoji Because That’s a Thing You Can Do

June 14, 2017 In celebration of Flag Day, a government contractor adopted the American flag emoji. CSRA, an IT and professional services provider, announced Wednesday it officially sponsored the emoji through the Unicode Consortium’s Adopt-a-Character program because of an employee’s nudge. Chris Leonard, a scientific review manager, suggested CSRA adopt the American flag...

WannaCry Gives HHS’ Cyber Threat Center a Real-World Test

June 8, 2017 The Health and Human Services Department’s cyber threat center already has undergone its first test—the WannaCry ransomware outbreak—even though it hasn’t reached initial operating capability yet, HHS officials told lawmakers Thursday. “The true state of cybersecurity risk in this sector is underreported by orders of magnitude and the vast majority...

How the Interior Department Stopped a Phishing Attack

May 25, 2017 The Interior Department stopped a phishing attack by speeding up its plans to require two-factor authentication for email, the agency’s inspector general said. More than 1,500 Interior employees received an email with a link to what appeared to be the agency’s standard log-in page. Instead, it captured credentials of more...