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 sensitive data on critical infrastructure in the area that may need protection. More here.
  • Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires stated that while his office successfully brought 99% of DHS networks into the OneNet initiative and closed 12 data centers, organizational boundaries still hamper consolidation efforts. More here.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a federal contractor running three governmentwide websites, including, for trying to gain unauthorized access to competitor websites. More here.
  • The Government Accountability Office highlighted improvements to, which handles Freedom of Information Act requests. More here.
  • The Government Accountability Office found that government agencies risk compromising citizens’ security and privacy due to improper de-identification of electronically submitted patient information. More here.
  • The Air Force is looking for ideas for smartphone applications to ease new recruits into military life, including games. More here.
  • In-Q-Tel, the venture investment firm created by the Central Intelligence Agency, has partnered with Looxcie Inc., which makes wearible video cameras. More here.
  • Matt Coose, the director of the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity Division’s Federal Network Security Branch, is leaving government for the private sector. More here.

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