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On the hunt for a CAC replacement

Defense officials are making headway on identity management tools that can eventually replace the Common Access Card.

Identity search engine compares biometrics to watch lists

Identity protection is an overdue government mission

Governments across America now need a more robust approach to provide secure digital identities for their own operations and for the citizens they serve.

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Survey: Careless errors still pose biggest threat to agency networks

Careless or untrained insiders pose more security risks to federal agencies than threats from foreign governments, malicious insiders or terrorists, according to a new survey.

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Using truly secure passwords: 6 essential reads

From password managers, to biometrics to emoji- or gesture-based passwords, researchers are working on ways to make it easier to secure information.

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On the verge of true federal IT modernization

By embracing cloud, biometrics and mobility, agencies can deliver the types of services citizens have come to expect from the private sector.

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When to purchase cloud security services

Using Gartner's cloud security hype cycle, agencies can determine when technologies are mature and stable enough for government use.

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DHS invests in mobile app security

The Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate is funding research to secure the entire app development lifecycle.

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DHS orders Kaspersky software removed from agency systems

Citing the potential that the Russian company's products could be used by "malicious cyber actors" to gain access to federal IT systems, the Department of Homeland Security directed agencies to stop using software.

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NTIA drafts best practices for patching IoT

Working groups are crafting guidance for mitigating security vulnerabilities in internet-of-things devices and applications.

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Ransomware defense depends on product upgrades, patches

Intelligence officials encouraged IT managers to patch software and retire products at the end of their lifecycles.

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DARPA enlists bots to fight social engineering

DARPA wants to take the onus for detecting phishing schemes off the employee by using bots to detect and identify the sources of social engineering campaigns.

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CBP plans 2018 facial recognition rollout

Customs and Border Protection aims to use facial recognition tech at the top 20 U.S. airports by February 2018, according to a senior agency official.


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