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Hybrid IT and data security musts

The key to an agency's successful cloud or hybrid IT implementation is to understand and maximize its cloud security posture in advance of the move.

 ‘Clunky,’ low-tech voting system still vulnerable to hacks

DHS: 21 states' voting systems probed by Russian hackers

In some cases the hackers got inside the systems, but their tampering had no connection to vote counts, according to a Department of Homeland Security official.

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Explainer: How malware gets inside your apps

Malware can be inserted into applications by attackers who modify apps and republish them, by compromised in-app advertising or by corrupted development tools.

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Experts hash out next-generation cyber defenses

A new collection of essays highlights effective cybersecurity defenses that can be leveraged by public-sector organizations.

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Report: 60 percent of top federal websites fall short on security and privacy

The Online Trust Audit, which rates site security, consumer protection and privacy across several sectors, also noted federal sites' adoption of critical security best practices.

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Over classification stymies threat-info sharing

Better information sharing can help with cyber preparation, but over classification of data inhibits public-private partnerships, a security expert says.

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Virginia Cyber Range serves up statewide hands-on education

An Amazon Web Services' cloud environment offers scalability and responsiveness to Virginia Tech's higher-ed partners, while minimizing costs.

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When is 'not a backdoor' just a backdoor? Australia's struggle with encryption

It's worth being skeptical of any mechanism aimed at accessing encrypted messages on platforms like WhatsApp.

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Government’s role in protecting identity in an age of data breaches

We can’t go back to the old model of making people stand in line at government offices, but agencies must protect the identities of individuals requesting benefits and services.

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Commerce seeks ideas for battling botnets

The request for comment focuses on "ways to improve industry's ability to reduce threats ... and what role, if any, the U.S. Government should play."

Stalking the insider threat

Protection from insider threats

Privileged account management is critical in keeping agency networks secure.

Cloud solutions can transform network security

Software-defined access control assesses trust of both users and devices and allows access to applications and services based on granular trust-based decisions.

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