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NIST offers first look at critical infrastructure security plan

A voluntary framework for improving cybersecurity of critical infrastructure is released for comment prior to formal release in February. Based in part on federal standards, it could change the way government regulates industry and procures services.

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Education services provider draws fire from DDoS attacker

OnCourse, a software as a service provider for the K-12 education market, contracts for analytics-based defensive services following a series of denial-of-service attacks.

Firewall for secure networks inspects SSL-encrypted data

The Dell SuperMassive 9200 roots out malicious programs -- even when half the traffic is SSL-encrypted.

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IPv6 begins real-world deployment, but slowly

After 20 years of talk and preparation, the deployment of the next generation of Internet Protocols appears to be slowly gaining traction, according to a recent survey.

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How NDU's Childs gave iCollege a global scope

GCN's 2013 Hall of Fame honoree partnered with defense ministries around the world, transforming the iCollege into a global hub while strengthening core graduate programs.

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Suite can keep teleworkers' PCs in tune and up to date

The latest version of System Mechanic cleans out the clutter, boosts performance and gives users control over how their PCs work.

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IT managers: The biggest threat to infrastructure isn't cyber

Reducing costs, improving security, boosting efficiency are the top priorities for federal, state and local agencies, according to a Cisco survey.

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Updated platform rescues DHS info sharing network

The Homeland Security Information Network was in danger of cancellation until refocused project management enabled the launch of a more secure platform for sharing sensitive information across federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

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With remote logon, DOD families get single-password access to military websites

The Defense Department's Self-Service Logon system met a growing need for authenticated access to defense websites by service members and their families unable to use the Common Access Card.

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Air Force cadets earning honors as academic hackers

An Air Force Academy team has won a finalist spot in an international cybersecurity contest for the third year in a row, continuing a record of success in hacking competitions.

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USPS' federal ID exchange will run on HP Enterprise Cloud

The FedRAMP-authorized platform was selected by SecureKey Technologies to provide cloud services for the authentication infrastructure.

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Next steps in security automation

Building on the government's Security Content Automation Protocol, a working group is developing a set of international standards for automating the job of assessing and monitoring the security of IT systems.

Topic Resources

  • Continuous Monitoring: Elevating Cybersecurity in State and Local Government

    State and local agencies are not required to comply with federal policies related to continuous monitoring and NIST's Cybersecurity Framework, but they would be better off if they did. Whether it is required or not, the concept of continuous monitoring has been proven to raise the level of cybersecurity when implemented appropriately and with the right tools. Join this webcast to learn more about how your agency could benefit from continuous monitoring and NIST guidance.

  • All About Self-Encrypting Drives

    With data security risks on the rise, an influx of government mandates and regulations for securing data have been implemented and are becoming the norm. Eliminating exposure of private data is now simply viewed as a mandatory and sound business practice. To avoid the high costs associated with these types of data compromises, organizations must put in place a comprehensive security strategy. Read this whitepaper to learn how self-encryption is achieving this initiative.

  • The Rising Threat of Enterprise Cybercrime

    Cybercriminals are leveraging vulnerabilities of the Internet, browsers, operating systems, and applications to secretly and proficiently gain access to information assets. Compromising employee endpoints with malware has become the preferred method; a far simpler path into the network than a direct network attack. Agencies need to recognize and address this growing danger.

  • Continuous Monitoring to Achieve Cybersecurity

    As the cyber threat landscape evolves, security methods and tools need to change, too. In this Digital Dialogue, Ken Durbin, manager of Continuous Monitoring Practice at Symantec, explains how the undefined boundaries of the modern IT infrastructure necessitate the deployment of continuous monitoring solutions.