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Are Federal Regs Keeping Agencies From Cutting-Edge Cyber Tools?

April 8, 2016 The top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees homeland security is worried federal agencies are behind the curve when it comes to purchasing cutting-edge cybersecurity tools and services. And the government’s hidebound contracting regulations may be to blame. “As you well know, federal agencies are under a constant yet...

Lawmakers Want Answers on Stolen HHS Laptop That Potentially Contained Personal Info on Millions

April 6, 2016 A fairly run-of-the-mill break-in at an office building in Olympia, Washington, is drawing attention from lawmakers who are concerned about a serious breach of personal information. It all stems from stolen computer equipment used by Health and Human Services Department employees at a branch office there that potentially contained personally...

Federal Cybersecurity by the Numbers: The Biggest Spenders and the Biggest Threats

April 5, 2016 Over the couple years, cyberincidents reported by federal agencies have nearly doubled -- from about 41,000 in 2011 to more than 77,000 last year. Partly that’s because agencies are getting smarter about detecting threats, such as suspicious network activity or malware able to slip past traditional antivirus tools. But the...

How the West Wing Got New Wi-Fi

April 4, 2016 Former Facebook engineer David Recordon, who took over as head of White House IT last March, has kept a low profile as he leads the team responsible for upgrading technology at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Recordon took the reins as part of a broader shakeup of IT leadership following a hack...

Are CIOs to Blame for the Legacy IT Crisis?

April 1, 2016 It’s no secret the government relies on outdated technology. Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has called it a “crisis” to rival the feared year-2000 computer glitch. And the White House has proposed establishing a $3 billion revolving fund to essentially hack the federal budget process to make it easier...

OPM Gives Health Insurance Companies New Rules for Reporting Cyberincidents

March 31, 2016 The head of the Office of Personnel Management says the agency plans to issue new rules to health insurance companies that provide coverage for federal employees for reporting cybersecurity incidents. Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert announced the move during a speech Thursday at the annual Federal Employees Health Benefits Program...

FITARA’s Growing Pains: CIOs Raise Concerns

March 30, 2016 Some chief information officers in government say they’ve been “pressured” by their agencies to sign off on plans required by the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act that they don’t agree with, according to a congressional watchdog. The FITARA implementation plans, as they’re known, detail new responsibilities CIOs are expected to...

Pentagon CIO Wants Congress to Make it Easier to Bring in Tech Talent

March 29, 2016 The chief information officer of the Defense Department is putting together a wish list of legislative fixes designed to help the Pentagon attract IT and cybersecurity talent. Defense CIO Terry Halvorsen told Congress last week he would put together some recommendations for new legislation by this summer to make it...

Survey: Agency Cyber Pros Prefer Perimeter Defense to Encryption

March 24, 2016 Federal cybersecurity professionals say they plan to spend more on data security this year, according to a new survey, but what’s on their shopping list? A new report from IT security company Vormetric and 451 Research, found most agencies are still overly reliant on perimeter defenses and are not paying...

Border Agency Ready to Expand Virtual Fence along Southern Border

March 22, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday it was ready to expand deployment of a series of sensor- and camera-equipped surveillance towers used to keep tabs on parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. CBP said the “Integrated Fixed Tower Program” has successfully completed operational testing after being assessed in the field...