From left: Allan Friedman (Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives), Edward Felten (Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer), Lorrie Cranor (Chief Technologist of FTC), Jonathan Mayer (Chief Technologist FCC) photo credit: Randy Apuzzo

DEF CON: How feds' outreach plays with the hacker crowd

The policyspeak of a DEF CON "Meet the Feds" panel put some hackers to sleep, but one attendee was glad to learn of the government’s work on IoT and software security.

Peiter "Mudge" Zatko and Sarah Zatko

A 'Consumer Reports' for software vulnerabilities

The Cyber Independent Testing Lab will evaluate the security of commercial software so that users and purchasers can make quantitative comparisons among different products.

How to prepare your network for the unexpected

How to prepare your network for the unexpected

For most agencies, a combination of security products create a formidable defense.

AI can address cybersecurity personnel shortage

AI can address cybersecurity personnel shortage

Because it’s not possible to scale up the cybersecurity talent pool fast enough to address escalating threats, artificial intelligence approaches to cybersecurity automation provide a highly desirable solution.

Government software in the cloud, now what?

Government software in the cloud, now what?

To make the cloud more secure, IT teams must adopt a proactive, real-time approach to protecting it, taking advantage of agile software development and better monitoring capabilities.

Tied up and held for ransom

Tied up and held for ransom

Government agencies, particularly state and local ones, are under attack by hackers who are using a combination of malware, phishing and social engineering to wring money from their public-sector victims.

ransomware takes on the feds

Ransomware moves to the big time

Criminals are getting better at what they do and upping the ante by attacking larger agencies and demanding more money.

HHS seeks threat information sharing system for health sector

HHS seeks threat information sharing system for health sector

The Department of Health and Human Services announces funding opportunities for an information sharing and analysis organization to improve cybersecurity in the health care sector.

DHS upgrades ICE forensics lab

DHS upgrades ICE forensics lab

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement forensics lab has beefed up its equipment and travel document library to better fight foreign terrorism.

DARPA’s all-machine cyber challenge

DARPA’s all-machine cyber challenge

This year’s Cyber Grand Challenge will be the first all-computer hacking tournament where machines will try to find and fix bugs in real time.

Putting the NIST Cyber Security Framework to work

Putting the NIST Cyber Security Framework to work

Market forces and the fear of liability may ultimately make the voluntary guidelines the de facto standard for public- and private-sector cybersecurity.

Getting government approval of a more secure OpenSSL

Getting government approval of a more secure OpenSSL

A much-improved version of the cryptographic building block lacks FIPS 140-2 validation, but SafeLogic is stepping in to change that.

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