CIO Briefing

Foreign Hacker Sentenced in $1M Scam Targeting Federal Employees and Contractors

The criminal ring used phishing emails and fake websites to get almost $1 million worth of printer toner to sell on black markets.

U.S., Greece Formally Agree to Collaborate on Science and Technology

The nations hope to promote research and development activities across their collective agencies, universities, institutions, and private sector businesses.

How Nontraditional Hires Can Fill the Tech Talent Gap

Individuals with a high emotional intelligence, creativity and problem-solving skills can be well-suited to IT roles.

Hackers Take Data for Further Reconnaissance in Breach of Federal Agency

Initial access to the agency’s system was possibly due to failure to fix a known VPN vulnerability, a patch for which was released in April 2019.

Lawmakers Propose $1M to Examine How Mis- And Disinformation Impacted COVID-19 Response

In particular, they’d like to know more about foreign and domestic sources propagating false information.

HHS to Start Testing Your Poop for COVID-19

Testing will cover approximately 10% of Americans within the next eight weeks, with an option to expand that to 30% within another nine weeks.

Addressing Insider Threats with Event Triggers 

An insider threat program that incorporates financial triggers can help identify at-risk individuals.

FBI Director: Feeding DOD’s Cyber Offense Operations Is Crucial to New Strategy

Senator says legislation is moving forward to thwart intellectual property theft from China and defend federal networks from cyberattacks.

Federal Chief Data Officers Need More Resources, Well-Defined Role, Survey Says

The Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act required agencies to install chief data officers. But what exactly that role should look like remains an open question. 

How the Government Shifted Its Onboarding Strategy During the Pandemic

Despite a largely remote workforce, the government hasn’t stopped hiring employees, especially those performing critical mission functions.

CIA’s New Innovation Lab Could Mean Big Paydays for Federal Scientists

The agency is investing in cutting-edge technology and offering officials a chance to profit off their developments.

IG: CBP Responsible for 2019 Biometrics Breach, Though No Federal Networks Were Compromised

A ransomware attack on a Customs and Border Protection vendor leaked facial images on more than 184,000 travelers—something agency security and policy should have prevented.

Treasury to Experiment with Blockchain for Grants Management 

After learning from other blockchain proof of concepts, officials will see if the technology can increase transparency into payment tracking. 

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

At least 16 school districts have been victimized in a rash of ransomware attacks since the end of July.

Google Shows Huge Panic Attack Rise During COVID

Researchers found a major jump in searches related to anxiety, panic attacks, and treatments for panic attacks, especially remote and self-care techniques.

Senate Still Divided on Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

Though recent bills are similar, lawmakers have yet to resolve two polarizing issues: preemption and private right to action.

Watchdog Highlights Need for Better Cyber Coordination Across Government

A pair of reports point to confusion about the State Department’s new cyber bureau and the vacuum left behind by the eliminated White House cyber coordinator position.