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Proactive Resilience: The Future of Cybersecurity

Proactive Resilience: The Future of Cybersecurity

Today’s state of the art in cybersecurity is operational resilience – the ability to keep operating in the midst of a disruptive attack. Tomorrow’s state of the art is what Carnegie Mellon CERT’s Summer Fowler calls “prosillience” – the ability to anticipate and adapt before disruptions strike. Here’s how we’ll get from now to then.

Can Micro Certifications Match Government’s Real-World Needs?

Can Micro Certifications Match Government’s Real-World Needs?

Certifications have become the standard to prove one’s knowledge of a set of skills. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 73 percent of federal agencies require their IT staff members to hold information security certifications. To stay abreast of rapid technological change, micro certifications, which provide shorter, more focused specialized training on a specific skill set needed for a given job, might be as just effective but less costly and time-consuming.

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The president’s executive order on cybersecurity emphasizes systems modernization and cloud as a first step toward emphasizing protection of data rather than the network itself.

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Proactive Resilience: The Future of Cybersecurity

Today’s state of the art in cybersecurity is operational resilience – the ability to keep operating in the midst of a disruptive attack. Tomorrow’s state of the art is what Carnegie Mellon CERT’s Summer Fowler calls “prosillience” – the ability to anticipate and adapt before disruptions strike. Here’s how we’ll get from now to then.

Border Security Concerns Aren’t Limited to the South

Solving the southern border will affect security in other parts of the country, as well. Re-Locatable Video Surveillance Systems offer the kind of flexibility the U.S. Border Patrol needs to put resources wherever they’re most needed.

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The Defense Department Will Soon Use More Secure Email

The U.S. Department of Defense will soon start sending more secure emails.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the body in charge of the Pentagon’s email, said it plans to enable stronger encryption on all emails by July 2018.

In Quest to Replace Common Access Card, DoD Starts Testing Behavior-Based Authentication

A year after then-chief information officer Terry Halvorsen first publicly floated the idea of killing DoD’s Common Access Card in favor of a collection of more flexible authentication technologies, the Pentagon is beginning to test drive at least one of the potential replacements for the CAC.

Last week, the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental reached an agreement with Plurilock Technologies, a Victoria, British Columbia-based firm that holds several patents on behavior-based authentication (or, “behaviour-based,” to our friends to the north).

Local Governments Focus on Cybersecurity After Attacks

Terri Bettinger paid close attention to the recent cyberattacks on the websites of Ohio government agencies, banks and other businesses. She hoped to learn lessons to better defend the information she oversees.

Bettinger is the chief information officer for Franklin County and head of its Data Center, which collects, stores and protects government data from property tax bills to court and medical records. She knows the system will be hacked.

DHS needs better information security practices, audit says

The Department of Homeland Security needs to up its game on information security, according to an audit released last week.

Private sector auditor KPMG conducted after-hours walkthroughs of employee workstations in the department’s Office of Financial Management and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and found sensitive information — like passwords — left out and unattended.

Trump: ‘Bold thinking’ Is Needed To Solve Federal IT Challenges

President Donald Trump is calling for agencies to embrace big change, bold thinking and outsider perspectives to transform government technology. The White House kicked off tech week by hosting 18 private sector technology leaders from companies such as Amazon, Apple and Google at the American Technology Council meeting on June 19.