NASA's Security Operations Center continued addressing cybersecurity threats throughout the government shutdown, Space.com reported Monday. The center reported at least one cyber threat per day against the space agency.Read More »
The 35-day U.S. government shutdown resulted in “very minimal effects” on the overall cybersecurity of federal systems, according to a recent report by the information technology firm SecurityScorecard. Researchers studied the cybersecurity of 128 federal agencies based on network security, which covers open ports and SSL certificate matters.Read More »
Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said it could take weeks for the agency to become fully operational again, FCW reported Friday. Krebs noted the newly created DHS agency’s initial contingency plan can only aid operations for one to two weeks amid the shutdown which resulted in a lapse of funding.Read More »
The House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill adding $25M to the Technology Modernization Fund intended to provide assistance to agencies with crucial information technology programs, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The legislation is the tenth spending bill seeking to reopen parts of the federal government following the longest shutdown in U.S. history.Read More »
A Wells Fargo Securities report says the ongoing government shutdown that hit the one-month mark Monday is hurting the U.S. economy and contractors that support federal agencies.Read More »
President Trump has signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 into law that will provide compensation for wages lost, work performed or leave used by federal workers as their agencies closed on Dec. 22, the White House said Wednesday. The bill also allows selected employees to use leave during a lapse in appropriations.
The National Background Investigations Bureau is still running despite the partial government shutdown's effects on the Office of Personnel Management, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The bureau continues to run on funds that customer agencies pay for investigation work. The NBIB has managed to cut a backlog of 725,000 investigations down to 600,000 between April and the end of 2018.Read More »