Assessing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Strategy – 782% increase in cyber-attacks in 6 yrs.

The Government Accountability Office has looked at the growing number of cybersecurity threats facing our nation. And it’s no small number. The GAO says the increase in cyber attack reported to CERT in the last 6 years has grown by 782%. There were 5,500 incidents in 2006, last year there were 48,000. So what isRead… Read more »

DSB Report on Resilient Military Systems and the Cyber Threat

By Bob Gourley Bottom Line Up Front: After reviewing all available evidence and rigorously weighing threat information, a Task Force of the Defense Science Board (DSB) concludes that: the United States cannot be confident that our critical Information Technology (IT) systems will work under attack from a sophisticated and well-resourced opponent. How does that makeRead… Read more »

In Review: President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama’s long awaited executive order on cyber security was released earlier this month. Along with the Executive Order, Improving Critical Infrastructure: Cybersecurity, the administration also released a companion policy directive for federal agencies. Although both documents are a step in the right direction for security efforts, legislative action by Congress remains essential to combatRead… Read more »

From Regulation to Collaboration – the Next Wave for Cybersecurity?

The President issued the Cybersecurity Executive Order during his State of the Union earlier this month. But some say the Executive Order doesn’t go far enough. “The Executive Order was unprecedented and very wanted, but it is inherently limited in what it can do. The Executive Order can only tell the entities that are partRead… Read more »

Did the SOTU Usher in a New Cybersecurity Frontier?

The President unveiled his long awaited Executive Order to improve the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure during the State of the Union. It’s the first step in creating a more structured and standardized cybersecurity response. But how will it actually work? And will industry be able to work alongside government? Trey Hodgkins is the Vice PresidentRead… Read more »

We Need to Talk: Increasing Communication Between the Public and Private Sectors

Today I attended the first event of NextGov’s Cybersecurity Series. I originally went expecting to learn more about the nitty gritty details of potential cybersecurity legislation but instead I learned about a much wider issue concerning how our society runs. Here at GovLoop we try to connect the federal employees with the private sector employeesRead… Read more »

White House doubles down on Cybersecurity – Plus the DorobekINSIDER 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER: 2012 was a banner year for the Thrift Savings Plan. Funds across the board saw marked improvements. But do you know what each fund actually does? Insights from the TSP’s Kim Weaver. But up front: Cybersecurity The New York Times reports today that the Obama administration is seeking broad powers toRead… Read more »

Managing Internal Threats

By InfoSec Institute The number of annual security incidents caused by insider threats continues to increase. In The CERT Guide to Insider Threats, Capelli et al writes, “Insider threats are an intriguing and complex problem. Some assert that they are the most significant threat faced by organizations today.” Disgruntled system administrators damage data and systems,Read… Read more »

When plagiarism isn’t a bad thing: Cybersecurity

As a journalist, a college student a writer by trade, i’ve been filled with the horrors of plagiarism. So when I heard Henry Sienkiewicz tell the crowd gathered at the Keys to Next Generation Security Operations conference that not only is plagiarism ok, it’s encouraged when it comes to cybeersecurity, i was shocked. Sienkiewicz isRead… Read more »