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HealthCare.gov Security Back in the Spotlight

November 19, 2014 The head of the agency responsible for overseeing HealthCare.gov said security holes in the website have been fixed and no personal data on the site has been “maliciously accessed.” In a Nov. 14 letter to lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the administrator of the Centers for...

Report: Government Has Only 5 Years To Secure Internet of Things

November 19, 2014 The federal government and companies that operate critical infrastructure, such as power grids and the telecommunications system, need to move quickly to address the potential risks posed by the coming explosion of Internet-connected devices -- known as the Internet of Things. That’s the message of a new report from a...

Postal Service Says Cyber Official Retiring

November 18, 2014 This post has been updated. A week after the U.S. Postal Service publicly revealed an online breach of Postal Service personnel files affecting as many as 800,000 workers, one of the agency’s top cybersecurity officials is retiring. Charles McGann, the head of the agency’s Corporate Information Security Office, is retiring...

Before Buying New Scheduling System, VA Plans to Kick the Tires

November 17, 2014 Six months after revelations of lengthy wait times faced by veterans seeking care embroiled the Department of Veterans Affairs in scandal, the agency is putting the finishing touches on its proposed shopping list for buying updated scheduling software. A request for proposal for the new scheduling system is “going to...

Lawmakers Hopeful FITARA Finish Line In Sight

November 13, 2014 A bill to overhaul the way the federal government purchases IT systems, in part, by beefing up the authority of agency chief information officers is inching closer to passage. Architects of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- or FITARA -- are increasingly hopeful the legislation will be wrapped up...

Risky Business at IRS When It Comes to IT Security, IG Finds

November 13, 2014 It may come as no surprise an agency that accidentally destroys a computer hard drive and two years of archived emails along with it -- in seeming contravention of federal record-keeping laws -- struggles with making risk-based decisions regarding technology. We’re talking, of course, about the Internal Revenue Service. And...

Telework on Trial? House Committees to Probe Patent Office Telework Fraud

November 11, 2014 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s scandal-beleaguered telework program is about to go under the congressional microscope. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee will team up for a joint hearing next week to examine “systemic abuses and mismanagement” of agency’s telework program, according to...

Why Veterans Make Good Cyberwarriors

November 11, 2014 It’s no secret the ranks of the federal cybersecurity workforce are notably thin. Think tank studies and media reports put the shortage of federal cyber professionals at anywhere from 30,000 to more than 10 times that in the broader labor force. It’s a matter of supply and demand, federal officials...

Are Federal Employees the Bull in the China Shop When it Comes to Cybersecurity?

November 10, 2014 Federal employees -- not Chinese cyber spies or overzealous hacktivists -- may pose the greatest threat to securing federal computer networks. Employees of Uncle Sam, unwitting or not, account for at least half of all the federal cyber breaches reported annually since 2010, according to a new analysis of federal...

In Case of Emergency, the UN Wants You to Tweet This

November 10, 2014 When disaster strikes, fewer and fewer people are huddling around the TV or radio. Increasingly, they’re turning to social media. Facebook recently launched a new feature called Safety Check that allows users in a designated crisis zone let friends and family know they’re OK with the touch of a button....