E-filing of tax returns

New tools for combating income tax refund fraud

Agencies can combat income tax refund fraud with authentication tools that fit into existing evaluation processes.

woman wearing PIV badge

HSPD-12 at 10 years: Still a long way to go

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.

Transport Layer Security

Agencies must update to newer versions of Transport Layer Security

New guidance from NIST for using TLS in government applications requires later versions of the protocol because of vulnerabilities in version 1.0.

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What to look for in social malware defense

NSS Labs study found little difference in the performance of five popular enterprise products designed to protect against socially engineered malware, such as fake system upgrades and anti-virus offers.

Virtual city hall

In virtual town of Alphaville, students prep for cyber sieges

Alphaville is part of the Michigan Cyber Range, a network and classroom training environment designed to prepare IT managers on cybersecurity attacks and defenses.

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NIST drops crypto algorithm

Comments on trustworthiness of cryptographic keys developed with Dual_EC_DRBG causes the standards agency to recommend against its use.

Man programming websites

Most secure Web programming language? It depends.

Whether a website was built with new or legacy programming languages, the security risk is about the same, according to a new website security report.

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Insider threats add pressure for real-time fixes to workforce risks

The Snowden and Wikileaks affairs, as well as potential threats from other insiders, has ratcheted up the urgency for a near-real-time analytic approach to government insider workforce risks.

New tools link enterprise, perimeter and next-gen security

Point solutions to protect the perimeter of the enterprise are not obsolete, but a new generation of tools is arriving to complement them and provide the awareness needed to defend against new complex and targeted threats.

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Big data takes on the kill chain

Big data systems can correlate structured and unstructured data to paint a complete picture about an agency’s overall IT health and offer insight into the sophisticated threats.

ID management schematic

Cloud service simplifies certificate management, credentialing

Entrust IdentityGuard cloud-based console simplifies management of SSL, PKI, certificate discovery, device certificates and credentialing.

IT manager heartbleed data center

Heartbleed prognosis: Long, laborious discovery, recovery

Described as "one of the scariest bugs I've seen" by a DOD technical analyst, Heartbleed could leave agency systems from enterprise email to Web sites vulnerable to attack.

Topic Resources

  • Increase Data Security through Your Print Solution

    You’ve consolidated your desktops with virtualization and moved your data to the cloud. What else can you do to obtain additional costs savings and increase security while keeping your network flexible? Connect print and digital information from across your organization with the people who need it, exactly when they need it. Join this webcast to learn how security software and printing solutions work together to eliminate extraneous printers at multiple sensitivity levels, allowing organizations to recognize significant savings from reduced hardware, space, power, support and supplies.

  • 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.