Cybersecurity

Updated NIST Computer Security Guidance, NASA Cybersecurity, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Customs and Border Protection plans to purchase an outside computer program to track aircraft inventories despite Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s call to use existing capabilities. More here. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its updated guide to handling computer security incidents. More… Read more »

New Head of FBI Cyber Branch, Military Honors Database, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: A hacking organization known for high profile attacks on government and government contracting targets including in the United States has been linked to the Chinese army. More here. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has named Richard McFeely, who previously served as special agent in charge of… Read more »

Personal Mobile Devices in DoD by 2014 but not in NSA and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: Bruce Bennett, program executive officer of communications systems within the Defense Information Systems Agency, predicted that Department of Defense personnel may be able to use personal mobile device for unclassified data in late 2013 or early 2014. More here. A White House science advisory panel has… Read more »

Obama Pushes for Cybersecurity Act, Alleged Amazon Hacker Arrested, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: President Obama urged lawmakers to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that would create a public-private partnership to set cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure. More here. The U.S. Census Bureau plans to launch an economic statistics app for iPhone and Android devices and is streaming data… Read more »

Instability in the Cyber Environment

Continuing where James Mulvenon left off at the the Cyber Statecraft Initiative‘s and the Cyber Conflict Studies Association‘s ”Addressing Cyber Instability” event, Greg Rattray, CEO of Delta Risk and former Commander of the Operations Group of the Air Force Information Warfare Center, spoke on “Instability in the Cyber Environment” at the Atlantic Council on July… Read more »

The FBI Wants to Read Tattoos, Widespread Industrial Control Software Vulnerability, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Transportation Security Administration has failed to comply with a year-old U.S. Court of Appeals order to hold public hearings to decide on body scanner rules and regulations. More here. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking technology that can spot criminals and terrorists by recognizing… Read more »

Political Leaders (Sort of) Address Changing Face of Government Business

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a Tech Town Hall hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Microsoft. The event brought together Virginia U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine, along with a number of business leaders like Jim Sheaffer, President, North American Sector, CSC; Dendy Young, Managing Partner, McLean… Read more »

Illegal Software Export to China, More Efficient Robots, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: A federal investigation showed that illegal software exports helped China develop its first attack helicopter. More here. Of the 2,189 federal and state wiretaps last year, only 12 were on encrypted communications, none of which interfered with the intercept. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects… Read more »