Cybersecurity

Agencies Turn In ‘Best FITARA Scorecard Ever’

Collectively, the federal government improved its oversight grades in IT modernization.

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

The bill calls for increased federal investments and outreach to support the institutions and diversify the STEM domain.

Survey: Ransomware Will Continue to Threaten Public Sector Organizations in 2020

About one-third of the state and federal IT officials who responded said they faced a ransomware attack in the last three years. 

Emerging Technology Trends

A look at developments in innovation across the federal technology landscape in 2019.

Hassan Joins Senate Cybersecurity Caucus

The junior senator from New Hampshire became the caucus’ 17th member.

Fingerprint Login Should Be a Secure Defense for Our Data, But Most of Us Don't Use It Properly

Most users remain unaware of its initial purpose.

Russian Trolls Are Hammering Away at NATO’s Presence in Lithuania

A broad disinformation campaign of fake news and other tricks aims to turn the Baltic nation’s public against the alliance.

How a National Lab is Securing Electric Vehicles and Smart Cars of the Future

At Argonne, a holistic approach is accelerating discoveries and bolstering the fight against emerging transportation threats. 

Senators Renew Effort to Safeguard People’s Data Online

The bill would make companies subject to fines from the Federal Trade Commission if they poorly protect data.

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Small Contractors Struggle to Meet Cybersecurity Standards, Pentagon Finds

Even large companies aren’t doing as well as they think they are, the assistant acquisition chief said.

Report: 'Smishing,' Deepfakes to Continue to Rise in 2020

Drones may also be more widely weaponized to steal consumer data from public Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report on 2020 data breach trend predictions.

Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from the Feds

The open-source software is already being piloted in at least six states and officials say it can help authenticate results in 2020.

CISA Wants a Vulnerability Disclosure Program At Every Agency

The agency released a draft binding operational directive that would require all civilian agencies to receive and resolve vulnerabilities identified by public security researchers.

The Education Department is Investigating Foreign Influence at Two Prominent Universities

The agency wants detailed records of what the institutions received from the Russian, Chinese, Saudi Arabian and Qatar governments, as well as Huawei, ZTE and others.

Commerce Secretary Proposes ‘Case-by-Case’ Enforcement Of Telecom Ban

A proposed rule out for public comment would give the secretary discretion over how implement a May executive order.

Auditors Uncover Tens of Thousands of Critical Security Gaps At Energy Facilities

The review, which included locations operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration, revealed multiple cybersecurity weaknesses recurring year after year.