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Who’s Really in Charge of Federal Cybersecurity and Is It Time for a White House CISO?

September 30, 2015 In the wake of devastating breaches of sensitive government data, is it time for the White House to appoint a high-level official whose sole responsibility is hunting down cyber intruders in federal agency networks? That’s what Richard Bejtlich, chief security strategist for FireEye, told members of the House Armed Services...

‘Inconsistent’ Scores Mar Annual Cyber Report Card, GAO Says

September 29, 2015 Federal agencies across the board are still struggling to prevent and detect inappropriate access to computer networks and to implement agencywide security management programs. And because of fuzzy guidance from the White House, inspectors general -- who are supposed to annually double check that agencies actually comply with federal cybersecurity...

Government Shutdown? Some Federal IT Systems Would be Unplugged, Websites Go Offline

September 24, 2015 Judging by the last government shutdown two years ago, if Congress can’t agree on a deal to fund the federal government by Sept. 30, national parks will be shuttered, thousands of federal employees will be forced to stay home -- and some parts of the government’s digital presence will unplugged...

Five Times More Fingerprints Stolen in OPM Hack Than Previously Thought

September 23, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management says more fingerprint data was stolen in the massive breach of government employees files than first believed. The number of federal personnel whose fingerprint data was stolen in the hack has increased from approximately 1.1 million people to 5.6 million, according to a statement Wednesday...

OPM Says 5 Times More Federal Employees Had Fingerprint Data Stolen in Hack Than First Believed

September 23, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management says more fingerprint data was stolen in the massive breach of government employees files than first believed. The number of federal personnel whose fingerprint data was stolen in the hack has increased from approximately 1.1 million people to 5.6 million, according to a statement Wednesday...

Some Legacy IT in Government Is so Old, It’s 'Indefensible,’ Official Says

September 22, 2015 Nearly three quarters of the federal government’s $80 billion budget for information technology goes toward maintaining existing -- and in some cases -- archaic systems. In the wake of a massive data breach of government employee files, much of the response from federal officials has focused on locking down access...

Should Hacked Feds Lose Security Clearance?

September 19, 2015 If you fall for a phishing email, should you have your ability to handle sensitive government information revoked? At least one federal chief information security officer is concerned about how frequently even senior-level federal employees fall for the bogus emails and is considering get-tough solutions. Paul Beckman, the Department of...

If You Fall for a Phishing Scam, Should You Lose Your Security Clearance?

September 18, 2015 If you fall for a phishing email, should you have your ability to handle sensitive government information revoked? At least one federal chief information security officer is concerned about how frequently even senior-level federal employees fall for the bogus emails and is considering get-tough solutions. Paul Beckman, the Department of...

Agencies Saved Billions by Cutting Low-Priority IT Projects. But What Did They Do With the Savings?

September 16, 2015 Federal agencies have saved more some $3 billion in IT reform efforts over the past several years, but many aren’t properly tracking how they’re using the cost savings to fund innovative new projects, according to a new assessment from the Government Accountability Office. The Obama administration first began pushing agencies...

Watchdog: DHS Still Struggles with Cyber Response

September 15, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the gargantuan task of securing federal civilian agency computer networks from cybersecurity threats. Recent legislative proposals -- offered in the wake of the massive breach of federal personnel records this past summer -- advocate expanding the agency’s role in protecting the dot-gov...