The recent success of the Census Bureau in setting up an HSPD-12 based identity management system shows the federal government is poised to meet next-generation smart card standards.
The all-day event showcased the wide array of DARPA projects addressing national security challenges posed by the information revolution and the availability of sophisticated information technologies.
Agency IT managers can often easily address the common vulnerabilities uncovered by penetration testing.
Code analysts at the IRS are stepping in to help train software developers and project managers to make their software more secure from the beginning of the coding process.
A panel of public and private sector technology leaders says sharing information is key to both improving cybersecurity and to replacing the expertise being lost with the flood of IT workers retiring from government.
Open data increases the possibilities that individual data sets can be combined and analyzed to reveal private or secure information.
"We have to assume that the sophistication and the prevalence of threats are going to grow," former White House Security advisor Tom Donilon told the FOSE audience.
With 60 sessions over three days, FOSE 2014 promises a balance of technology and policy designed to give agency managers a view of where IT is trending in government.
The choice for many agencies is not public or private clouds, but rather a blend of the two approaches – often referred to as a hybrid cloud – where Internet-based applications provide information into a system that sits inside agency firewalls.
Agencies can combat income tax refund fraud with authentication tools that fit into existing evaluation processes.
The presidential directive that mandated the interoperable PIV card for government workers and contactors will be 10 years old this year, but although millions of cards have been issued, their actual usage remains dismally low.
New guidance from NIST for using TLS in government applications requires later versions of the protocol because of vulnerabilities in version 1.0.