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The Skinny Budget and Agency Reorganization

March 20, 2017 The Trump administration last week released its "skinny budget." With cuts to agencies like the State Department, the budget is controversial and those affected by cuts are reacting strongly. Nextgov's own Frank Konkel joined "Government Matters'" Federal Beat roundtable to discuss the proposed budget, as well as a recent executive...

Sensitive Data Leaks from Sex Toy, Marketing Database and Security Clearance Applications

March 20, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Smart Vibrator Maker to Pay Customers For Privacy, Security Concerns Personally identifiable information exposed in data breaches usually refers to names, emails, credit card numbers or maybe Social Security numbers. By that bar,...

Lawmakers Get Ready For Russia, the Supreme Court Nominee and That Health Care Vote

March 19, 2017 Russia, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and the Republican health care plan will dominate the Hill this week. On Monday, Congress will kick off the public part of its investigation into Russian cyber meddling in the 2016 election with a House Intelligence Committee hearing, where FBI Director James Comey and...

Hackers Thwart Secure Messaging App, Leak 1.3B Email Addresses and Attack State Democrats

March 13, 2017 In case you missed our cyber incident coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Security Holes Found in Confide Secure Messaging App Researchers found some serious security gaps in Confide, a secure messaging app reportedly used by White House staffers, including the ability to impersonate...

Encrypted Messaging Apps Vex Lawmakers

March 10, 2017 The uptick in secure, encrypted messaging apps used in Washington has Congress concerned that people are breaking transparency and records-keeping rules. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Democrats want an in-person briefing from the White House counsel on the staff’s use of encrypted apps and personal and professional Twitter accounts....

Government Matters: Budget Cuts and Hiring Cyber Talent

March 7, 2017 With a sweeping new budget request coming from the Trump administration, many government agencies are putting some of their bigger plans on hold to prepare for large budget cuts. At the same time, agencies are facing problems in hiring cyber talent, a challenge that occurred under the Obama administration and...

Slack and Teddy Bears Leak Your Secrets; Boeing Employee Sends Personnel Data to His Wife

March 6, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Slack Quickly Patches Bug That Allowed Access to Chats Slack, a team messaging app, in five hours patched a bug that allowed a hacker access to a user’s communications. That includes all the...

Lawmakers Bump NASA Bill and Increase Several Agencies' Cyber Responsibilities

March 3, 2017 Congress temporarily shelved a NASA authorization bill, but it was a busy week between a visit from President Donald Trump, fighting over whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from Russia-related investigations, and confirming Rick Perry and Ben Carson to the Cabinet. The House scheduled a vote on NASA...

Hackers Steal Coachella Accounts; Bugs Leak User Data, Passwords

February 27, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Google Discloses Another Unpatched Microsoft Bug Google again released information about a flaw in a Microsoft product without an available security patch. This time, Google Project Zero Team shared the details for how...

Podcast: How the Government is Putting Artificial Intelligence to Work

February 23, 2017 In the private sector, artificial intelligence has grown leaps and bounds, finding roles in the self-driving cars hitting the roads and Google's AlphaGo system. But how is government using AI technology? Nextgov's Executive Editor Camille Tuutti sat down to discuss advances in AI with the "What's Working in Washington" podcast....