Technology

GAO: DHS CERT Team Received 48K Hacking Incident Reports In 2012

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team received more than 48,000 reports of hackers trying to attack federal government networks in 2012, the Government Accountability Office has found. Federal News Radio reports Greg Wilshusen, GAO’s director of information security issues, reported that figure and other findings on cybersecurity at agencies during …

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Brett Williams: Cyber Planning Similar To Conventional War

Cyber operations require the same amount of much military planning and execution used in conventional warfare, U.S. Cyber Command‘s operations director recently said at a cyber seminar. Maj. Gen. Brett Williams and several other officials discussed the status of the country’s cybersecurity efforts Feb. 22 at the Feb. 22 forum …

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Janet Napolitano: DHS Prioritizing Future Cyber Attack Prevention

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Thursday that DHS is focusing on preventing future cyber attacks over combating current cyber incidents, Nextgov reports. Aliya Sternstein writes Napolitano was addressing a question from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on the recent cybersecurity executive order’s ability to balance protecting intellectual …

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Many Agencies Score Low On White House Verification Card Audit

A new White House scorecard is showing many agencies are not making progress in using identity cards to protect their information systems, Federal Times reports. Nicole Blake Johnson writes the audit evaluated agencies’ use of Personal Identity Verification cards, intended to reserve access to information systems for authorized employees. At …

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Robert Kehler: Stratcom Continuing Cyber Training Development

Demands of operating in cyberspace are exceeding U.S. Strategic Command’s capacity to conduct sustained cyber operations even as the command continues to recruit and train cyber workers, Stratcom’s commander said Tuesday. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler told the House Armed Services Committee Stratcom is continuing to develop joint cyberspace training …

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Darrell Issa Proposing IT Reform Bill Within 3 Weeks

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will introduce new information technology reform legislation within the next three weeks, Information Week reports. J. Nicholas Hoover writes Issa and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) floated a draft version of the Federal Information Technology Reform Act in September 2012. FITARA intends to give agency …

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Pentagon Unveils Commercial Mobile Device Plan; Teri Takai Comments

The Defense Department has developed a plan aimed at providing the department’s nearly 600,000 mobile-device users secure classified and protected unclassified mobile platforms. Implementation of the plan will focus on devices, wireless infrastructure and applications that use commercial-off-the-shelf technology, the department said Tuesday. “This is not simply about embracing the …

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White House To Make Federally-Funded Research Results Public

The White House will release the results of federally-funded research to the public within a year for no cost, Reuters reports. An online petition on the White House website calling for the move drew 65,704 signatures, according to the report. Federal agencies with more $100 million in research and development …

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