Tag Archives: security

Kevin Cox: GSA Mobile Guidelines to Address Risk

The Obama administration’s guidelines for agencies on how to protect their smartphones and tablets will not approve specific devices for use in the government, a Justice Department official told Federal Times. Kevin Cox, who serves on the interagency team working on mobile security standards, told the newspaper the guidelines are …

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Report: CBP Aims to Prevent Furloughs by Shifting Funds

Customs and Border Protection could do away with employee furloughs if Congress approves its proposal to shift funds, according to a FederalDaily.com article. The publication reports the administration has requested Congress’s appropriations committee to affirm CBP’s reprogramming plan in an effort to eliminate layoffs for employees. CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski …

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Leon Panetta: US Budget Impasses Affecting Worldwide Image

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used what he said was his final press conference at the Pentagon to show his frustration over the continued budget impasse in Congress, McClatchy Newspapers reports. U.S. allies are watching Congress to see how it faces the country’s fiscal and other challenges, he said. Matthew Schofield …

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Elissa Slotkin Named a DoD Intl Security Affairs Lead, Promoted to SES

Elissa Slotkin, formerly a foreign affairs specialist at the Defense Department, has been appointed principal deputy assistant defense secretary for international security affairs. The Defense Department said Slotkin was also promoted to the Senior Executive Service. According to Al-Monitor, Slotkin will serve as top adviser to Derek Chollet, the Pentagon’s …

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Harry Reid: Cyber Bill Dead For Current Congress

The Senate failed again to move the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 forward Wednesday, National Journal reports. Josh Smith writes the vote fell nine votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. In an August vote, the Senate voted down the bill 52-46. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said …

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Profile: Matthew McCormack, DIA CISO

Matthew McCormack is the chief information security officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he is responsible for cyber protection of the agency’s global information system infrastructure by performing strategic information assurance planning, assessing infrastructure protection mechanisms and developing technical and policy guidelines. He also advises the agency’s director and …

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Report: Federal Security Funds for Virginia Down 35% in 4 Years

Federal funding for state and local homeland security programs in Virginia has gone down nearly 35 percent since 2008, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Michael Martz reports the state received $13.1 million in homeland security and emergency planning grants this year, down $16 million from last year and $37.3 million less …

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White House Cyber Lead Outlines Cross-Agency Priorities

Federal departments and agencies need to focus on three main areas of cybersecurity, the White House’s cyber coordinator said Friday. Howard Schmidt wrote on the White House blog that agencies should achieve 95 percent utilization of the administration’s priorities regarding federal information systems. Schmidt’s office, the Office of Management and …

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