Cybersecurity

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 »

Attacks on Industrial Control Systems Spike, Air Force Smartphone Games for New Recruits, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team within the Department of Homeland Security reports a a 20-fold leap in the number of incidents since the team was created in 2009. More here. The Homeland Security Infrastructure Program gave Colorado authorities fighting deadly wildfires access to… Read more »

SINET helps address cybersecurity by increasing collaboration

Cybersecurity is a big deal, especially after the revelations of the role of the United States behind Stuxnet and the Flame virus. We’ve learned that cyber-infrastructure isn’t particularly well protected, and the Security Innovation Network (SINET) is looking to change that through collaboration. Robert Rodriguez of SINET spoke with Chris Dorobek of the DorobekINSIDER about… Read more »