Why Modernization Is Key to National Cyber Strategy
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.
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.
President Trump’s Cyber Executive Order calls for consolidating federal networks into a single architecture. Here’s how three parts of government are already doing just that.
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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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.
The Health and Human Services Department’s cyber threat sharing center hasn’t reached initial operating capacity yet, but a pair of senators already wonder if it’s a redundant effort.
The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.
Many current and former federal employees who signed up for identity protection services after the cyber theft of their personal information soon will have to re-enroll to keep that coverage, administration officials said Monday.
America’s spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship created the world’s most innovative economy and keeps us dominant in today’s digital age. Indeed, in 1985 about 2,000 people used the Internet; today, 3.2 billion people do. What started out as a useful tool for a few is now a necessity for all of us—as essential for connecting people, goods, and services as the airplane or automobile.
The General Services Administration is tapping into another type of California veteran for its new commissioner of its Technology Transformation Service.
The Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same electronic health records platform as the Defense Department, according to an announcement today from Secretary David Shulkin.
Corporate cybersecurity experts told senators that the U.S. government should launch offensive cyber-missions against hackers who attack and steal information from American companies.
David Bray, who has been the Federal Communication Commission’s chief information officer since August 2013, will leave the agency to become the chief ventures officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.