Cybersecurity

NIST will coordinate national cybersecurity education program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will work with agencies on a new program to improve cybersecurity education.

Justice Department plans to expand cops' access to data

The Justice Department plans a nationwide federated identity management program for law enforcement data systems.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Command nominee lays out rules of engagement

The nominee to head the Defense Department's new Cyber Command outlines how the command could respond to different cyberattack scenarios.

Cybersecurity

Pick to lead cyber command lays out battle plans

Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander says that militarizing cyberspace is not part of his agenda, and reveals what is at the top of the list.

Cybersecurity

Senators look to Amsterdam for airport technology

Computer-based auto-detection technology deployed at Amsterdam’s airport to screen passengers for explosives could be useful in the United States, according to some senators.

OMB social media guidance applies old law to new technologies

The Office of Management and Budget has clarified the application of the Paperwork Reduction Act to social media interactions.

First responders connect via DHS online network

The Homeland Security Department hopes 500,000 local, state and federal first responders will join a new online professional network DHS has created for them.

CIO Council considers new privacy guidance

People who work with the federal enterprise architecture could soon get additional guidance for building privacy protections into systems.

ATF wants more functionality from mobile devices

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been testing technology to increase the capabilities of the personal digital assistants that bureau officials use.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity game plan needs stronger educational strategy

Computer science students should get college scholarships like basketball or football players, a senior official in DHS' National Cybersecurity Division said at FOSE.

Cybersecurity

Local police falling behind on cybercrime, former chief says

Bill Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles and New York City police departments, said police departments have the knowledge, but lack the resources to attack cybercrime.

Cybersecurity

DHS releases new details on Einstein 3 intrusion prevention pilot

The Homeland Security Department plans to use another agency and an Internet Service Provider to test capabilities and processes for its planned next generation network security program.

FBI promises IT modernization slowdown is a smart move

The FBI has put the brakes on key aspects of its massive computer overhaul project, at a cost of up to $30 million in overruns, to deal with design changes and technical problems.

Information handcuffs: Counterterrorism IT needs support from the top, Congress told

Intelligence agencies face policy and privacy questions as they look to harness IT to fix problems identified after the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt.

NASA rethinks $1.5B enterprise data center contract

NASA recently announced that it would be reworking its plans for acquiring an enterprise data center to better meet the agency's needs.

State & Local

Fusion centers to be assessed

Federal, state and local officials plan to assess fusion centers' progress in meeting baseline capabilities.

Cybersecurity

Critics not satisfied with partial revelation of secret cybersecurity plan

Observers welcomed the release of summary of the government's classified cybersecurity initiative, but some want the Obama administration to give more details.

Cybersecurity

U.S. would lose a cyber war, former intell chief warns

The country needs to make a national commitment to securing cyberspace before a catastropic attack occurs.

Cybersecurity

Navy looks to advance cyber defense

The Navy wants algorithms that can be used for malware detection and to distinguish between legitimate and malicious traffic.

Cybersecurity

Massive botnet may have snared some agency systems

Computer security firm NetWitness discovered a botnet that, according to the firm, has compromised 75,000 systems at 2,500 organizations, including 10 federal agencies.

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