Cybersecurity

GovBytes: Experts Suggest Dropouts could help Cybersecurity Efforts

In order to have a strong cyber-security team, government agencies need experts with the skills and education that are up to the task, right? Not so, said several panelists at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C. Olivia Carroll, Director of the Cybercrime Lab for the U.S. Department of Justice said she believes that… Read more »

Apps for Security: A terrific event and growing community supported by SAIC and SINET

I just received word of an exciting new community activity that is being supported by SAIC and SINET. The activity, under the banner “Apps for Security,” is a way of leveraging the power of human creativity and computer science plus a big dose of real data to seek solutions to key security challenges. SINET, as… Read more »

NIST to build cybersecurity research center in Maryland

The state of Maryland and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced a partnership that will create a cybersecurity monitoring center in Maryland. The center will focus on cybersecurity research with support from both the public and private sectors. The new center will be called the National Cyber Security Center of Excellence… Read more »

GovBytes: Do you give up your right to data privacy at the door?

Happy belated Data Privacy Day! This past Saturday marked the official U.S. Data Privacy Day, recognized by Congress in 2009. However, it seems that, regardless of how we value (or claim to value) data privacy, its an ever waning asset. The loss of data privacy comes at a heavy price, potentially allowing corporations to make… Read more »

Increased Investment for Cyber in Tightening Pentagon Budget

Nextgov is reporting that the forthcoming 2013 budget for the Department of Defense will include increased investment in cyber capabilities. This comes amid plans to reduce the overall DOD budget by $487 billion over the next ten years. The top-line “Defense Budget Priorities and Choices” paper released by the Pentagon “highlights the increasing importance of… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Semper Eadem

By Steve O’Keeffe – http://bit.ly/xpzZwI What do Federal cyber security chiefs and Queen Elizabeth I have in common? The guts and determination to fend off an armada of invaders – perhaps? Despite Federal CISOs’ fortitude and dedication, I’d suggest that it’s England’s warrior queen’s motto that really unites the two. “Semper Eadem” – always the… Read more »

The Cyber Power Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton recently released their Cyber Power Index, which compares the G20 countries in their ability to resist cyber attacks while simultaneously leveraging information technology in their economy. The nations are ranked based on 39 indicators combined into 4 weighted attributes: Legal and Regulatory Framework, Economic and Social… Read more »

Chain Links

Protecting and connecting Here are a few recent links of note on cybersecurity and disruptive technology: The Cyber Power Index by Booze Allen Hamilton. The G20 are ranked by their potency in cyber, determined by their legal and regulatory framework, economic and social context, technology infrastructure, and industry application. The United States is ranked second… Read more »

Daily Dose: Justice Dept. Website Goes Down with Megaupload

After Megaupload was shut down this Thursday by Federal Authorities, anonymous hackers in turn attacked the Justice Department’s website. This is the second time in the past six months that a government website has been under significant attack. Initially officials claimed they were unaware of the attack, but by Thursday night it became clear that… Read more »