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.
The massive volumes of security that data agencies now collect to root out potential insider threats can overwhelm resources and complicate real-time search and analytics. Are new tools needed to help agencies pinpoint insider anomalous behavior and patterns?
What We’re Reading
Microsoft has released new patches for Microsoft XP and Server 2003 systems while DHS pointed to an increase in North Korean cyber activity.
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 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.
Ten startups will be working on EMERGE 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s program supporting research and development of wearable technology for first responders. EMERGE 2016 expands on last year’s pilot that accelerated the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders by bringing startups, accelerators and strategic partners together in a common research and development 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.
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.
If the Homeland Security Department’s decision to cancel its $1.5 billion contract for agile services wasn’t shocking enough, the details of the missteps and problems the agency detailed in its “motion to dismiss” left long-time federal procurement attorneys and vendors with their collective mouths agape.
The Department of Homeland Security has failed to finalize at least three requirements of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.