Category Archives: Government

10 schools top new ranking of best cybersecurity programs

When Kevin Sefcovic got out of the Navy in 2014, he chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha for its veteran-friendly reputation and the school’s proximity to his last duty station. He had always been interested in working with computers, but after seven years in military law enforcement he was […]
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What’s Wrong With America’s Current Approach to Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity has transformed what is actually a people problem with a technology component into its exact opposite. It’s almost impossible these days to avoid media coverage of Russia’s role in hacking the 2016 election. So it was in 2015, when news broke that Chinese hackers had breached the United States Office of Personnel Management. Likewise for […]
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Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity

There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. But one way to get more tech people to serve their country is to set up a cybersecurity reservist system, like a […]
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OPM Spent Less Than Nearly All Other Federal Agencies on Cybersecurity

THE FEDERAL AGENCY that stored, and lost, millions of current and former government employees’ sensitive files, fingerprints, and security clearances spent only a small fraction of what other federal agencies allocated for cybersecurity, according to a new report published by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday. The Office of Personnel Management breach, […]
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Feds Warn States to Batten Down Hatches Following Election System Attacks

The FBI has launched investigations into malicious cyberattacks on the electronic election infrastructures in Illinois and Arizona, and federal officials last month warned states to take steps to protect their systems as the presidential campaign heats up, according to reports that surfaced this week. The attacks, dating back to June, led to the illegal download […]
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Feds are using big data analytics for cybersecurity, but is it effective?

81 percent of Feds say their agency is using big data analytics for cybersecurity in some capacity – 53 percent are using it as a part of their overall cybersecurity strategy and 28 percent are using it in a limited capacity. However, breaches continue to afflict agencies with 59 percent of Feds reporting their agency […]
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States Need to Plan with Security in Mind on Every IT Project

Considering the security implications on IT projects big and small is key to state and local governments improving data protection. While technology is certainly progressing at a rapid pace, as advanced persistent threats prove, the truth is that most IT security failures are a result of human error, through things such as social engineering or […]
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Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board

Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, has agreed to head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. Carter is due to discuss the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board with Schmidt during the annual RSA […]
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Government second only to finance sector in cybersecurity preparedness says report

BitSight Technologies has ranked federal cybersecurity among the highest across six sectors. Federal cybersecurity is in better shape than recent high-profile breaches might suggest, says a new report by security risk assessment company BitSight Technologies. In its third annual “Insights Industry Benchmark Report,” BitSight ranks government cybersecurity second in security out of six major sectors, […]
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VA Secretary: Open source is the only way to operate

Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald voiced his support for open source technology July 30, as he outlined a broad reform plan that includes streamlining information technology and taking a more “holistic” look at customer service. “We have over 200 databases with customer information. That means if you want to change your address, you have […]
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