Category Archives: Government IT

The 5 non-cyber challenges facing federal cybersecurity

Cybersecurity may be the top issue keeping federal CIOs, CISOs and other IT officials up at night — but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum alone. In addition to strong cybersecurity risk awareness and mitigation policies, as well as state-of-the-art threat detection software, agencies must also equip themselves with top talent, modern systems, efficient procurement […]
Read More »

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, […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

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, […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

A Disconnected Military: Can the Pentagon and the Military Attract Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs?

Forget fatigues and combat boots, the U.S. military wants new recruits equipped with something different: tech skills. And an Internet pioneer has advice that could help ease the Pentagon’s technology disconnect. While working with the Department of Defense in the 1970s, Vint Cerf says he had to convince “some of the smartest people” in academia […]
Read More »

GSA plots Schedule 70 cyber assurance

The General Services Administration wants to create a new category identifier under its Schedule 70 government wide acquisition vehicle that would highlight cyber and information assurance products and services. GSA issued a request for information on Aug. 12 asking for input on its proposal to add a new special item number (SIN) under IT Schedule […]
Read More »