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Why do so many antivirus programs miss the same, old exploits?

Testing by NSS Labs shows that not only do antivirus products miss known exploits, they often are blind to the same ones, opening windows of opportunity for attackers -- particularly against legacy agency systems.

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At age 10, Trusted Computing Group sees a new world of threats

The group has brought the Trusted Platform Module in line with government requirements, but security standards must keep pace with mobile computing and rapidly changing threat environments.

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What rocks at RSA? Big data security, active defense.

The explosive growth in information generated by security tools is putting a premium on the ability to analyze large volumes of data, say experts, who also call for active defense.

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Census tech transition leaves security weaknesses, GAO says

An incomplete transition to a new IT security framework has left weaknesses in some systems holding sensitive census information, according to a GAO report.

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How to make iPads safe for government? 'Neuter' them.

Mobile devices can be a risk to secure environments. A CACI exec says one approach to security has been to alter the hardware of Apple iPads.

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NSTIC opens next round of grants for secure ID technology

Project would use public-private partnerships to create easier, more secure authentication that would support online government services and commercial transactions.

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Trusted ID, monitoring efforts can’t keep IT security off high-risk list

After 16 years of plans, strategies and regulation, federal IT security is one of 30 program areas designated by government auditors as high risk.

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5 tips for secure mobile apps

Security is a natural concern for agencies building mobile applications. Here are a few important points to keep in mind.

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FIDO plans to eradicate bad passwords, bolster online identification

The Fast Identity Online Alliance will release a protocol to make secure log-in more user friendly, making it easy to replace passwords with stronger authentication.

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FedRAMP is proving to be a tough test for cloud providers

Some cloud providers struggle to meet requirements such as multi-factor authentication, FIPS 140-2 compliance and providing a complete boundary definition, GSA's Kathy Conrad says.

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The 4 levels of authentication in a mobile world

The growing use of remote devices to access government resources spurs NIST to revise its guide on how to select the right authentication technology for groups of users.

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Forensics tool helps police crack suspects' cell phones

Paraben's Device Seizure 6 can break passwords, track where a phone has been and map the complete file system, including deleted data.

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