Cybersecurity

Cyber Espionage Targeting Public Sector Rose 168% In 2018

“Government incident responders must either be cape-and-tights-wearing superheroes, or so stressed they’re barely hanging on by their fingernails.”

Policy

Lawmakers Demand Details on NSA’s Sweeping Phone Surveillance Operations

The Call Detail Record program, which scoops up the phone records of millions of Americans, is set to expire at the end of 2019.

IT Modernization

FBI Starts Over On Enterprise IT Recompete With New Draft Solicitation

Contracting officials made some small but significant changes to the latest draft solicitation for ITECS.

Cybersecurity

Trump Signs Executive Order to Boost Federal Cyber Workforce

Initiatives include cyber aptitude assessments for agency insiders and a President’s Cup cybersecurity competition.

IT Modernization

What’s Hot In Federal Tech, Per GSA’s IT Category Lead

Bill Zielinski, head of the Information Technology Category, shares the trends he’s seeing in federal IT through thousands of ongoing acquisitions governmentwide.

Cybersecurity

GAO Flags New Cybersecurity Issues for Upcoming Census

The bureau needs to fix vulnerabilities faster, upon hundreds of other security issues the congressional watchdog previously identified.

Cybersecurity

CISA Cuts Deadline For Patching Critical Weaknesses In Half

A new binding operational directive requires agencies to patch critical vulnerabilities in just over two weeks.

Cybersecurity

Agency Cyber Pros Welcome DHS’ Leadership If It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All

Homeland Security is well-positioned to lead governmentwide cyber acquisitions and standards, so long as they work with agencies as individuals, officials said.

Cybersecurity

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Cyber Talent to Rotate Through Agencies

The bipartisan legislation would allow certain cybersecurity-related personnel to rotate across various federal agencies.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers Worry DHS’ 2020 Budget ‘Shortchanges the Future’

The department's Science and Technology Directorate would be forced to close multiple research facilities to accommodate the 30% budget cut.

IT Modernization

How to Speed Up FITARA Adoption

The Government Accountability Office outlined a dozen measures that help agencies improve their IT ecosystems.

Cybersecurity

People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps

How an obsolete medical device with a security flaw became a must-have for some patients with type 1 diabetes.

IT Modernization

What Agencies Get From Taking Leadership Roles In New Shared Services Regime

The administration is asking select departments to take the lead on governmentwide services. But don’t think it’s charity on the part of the agencies.

Policy

Exclusive: What OMB’s New Shared Services Policy Will Mean for Modernization

A new class of shared services providers will manage a “marketplace” of offerings, meaning big changes for employees and modernization plans.

Cybersecurity

Federal CISO Wants To Move Beyond ‘Whack-a-Mole’ Supply Chain Security

Sweeping bans on Kaspersky Lab, ZTE and Huawei products were the right move, but Grant Schneider thinks the government needs a more scalable approach.

Emerging Tech

One Defense Agency is Building a Bot Army

And it's saving the department hundreds of thousands of work hours a year, a defense official said.

Cybersecurity

DISA Awards Two Contracts to Build a Moat Around the Pentagon’s Internet

The two selected vendors will prototype cloud-based systems that isolate the department’s internal network from the public internet while still allowing employees to browse the web.

CIO Briefing

It’s Official: Trump Shifts All Security Clearance Work to Pentagon

An executive order renames the Defense Security Service and sets a timeline for the office to take over background investigations for the entire federal community.

Cybersecurity

IRS’ Outdated App Security Leaves Taxpayers at Risk of Identity Theft, Watchdog Says

The agency is updating identity verification controls for its suite of web applications, but the effort won’t be wrapped up until 2023.