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Agencies Must Think ‘Cloud-first,’ Zients Says

Coming hot on the heels of the administration’s announcement of a new approach to federal IT procurement, officials also announced a new “cloud-first” strategy, which some observers see as the administration’s most significant stamp of approval yet on web-based computing. Speaking at the Northern Virginia Technology Council on Nov. 19, …

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Report: Commerce Dept. Cybersecurity is Inadequate

Intellectual property crime in the cyber age has long been a concern, with one notable estimate putting the loss by American business at $1 trillion. However, a new report by the Commerce Department’s inspector general suggests the agency tasked with promoting economic growth needs to secure its own networks as …

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DHS 24-hour Cyber Warning Center Goes Live

The Department of Homeland Security launched a new 24-hour watch and warning center focused on combating the increasingly 24/7 cybersecurity threat. DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Brown joined White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and representatives of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center on Nov. 18 to launch the …

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GAO Report: Electronic Health Records Improve Care

The Government Accountability Office has put its stamp of approval on claims that electronic health records can actually improve the quality of healthcare. The GAO report studied integrated delivery systems that have implemented the use of electronic medical records. Those systems studied said that using EHRs increased the availability of …

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Kundra, Carper and Streufert Take Home Top Cyber Honors for Work on ‘Continous Monitoring’

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and State Department Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert were awarded the National Cyber Security Leadership Award by the SANS Institute. Carper, Kundra and Streufert were selected by the information security training organization and think tank for their efforts to …

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Gov’t Cyber Certification Board Sparks Controversy

Cyber observers agree there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the federal government, but two recent competing reports cannot agree on a solution for the problem. An overwhelming majority of cybersecurity professionals polled by (ISC)2, an IT and security certification group, oppose a government-run board of examiners to oversee …

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Cyber Expert Hathaway Presses for Public-Private Partnerships

Former White House cyber guru Melissa Hathaway, who most recently called on Congress to take action on key cybersecurity initiatives, spoke before the American National Standards Institute about continuing cyber developments. Hathaway, who is the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and is also a senior adviser at Harvard Kennedy School’s …

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