As part of efforts to secure government infrastructure, an interagency working group is developing plans for cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisitions, which would benefit from a consistent terminology.
Government and industry experts think biometric authentication is poised to take off, but fingerprints, iris scans and voice recognition are not foolproof forms of ID.
Social media outlets were never intended as mission-critical applications; recent events show why.
IT officials at a recent conference said efforts to protect their infrastructure are hampered by a lack of resources and a lack of understanding from those who make funding decisions.
The emerging focus on automating IT security raises the question: will agencies automate FISMA compliance or risk management?
As voice becomes just another data service, telephones are opened up to increasing denial-of-service threats from the Internet.
As more unsecured devices become IP-enabled for remote management or as part of sensor networks, the possibilities for attack grow.
In its effort to keep the U.S. military out front with its technology, DARPA finds itself competing with its own successes.
Although direct attacks against agency systems have decreased, attackers appear to be targeting upstream companies to get around government defenses, Symantec says.
Former Air Force CIO Lt. Gen. William Lord (retired) says the installed base of outdated code in government systems is "the next Achilles' heel."