Rumored Cybersecurity Executive Order Draft, Federal Agencies Not Monitoring Employee Devices, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order on cybersecurity which sources say would establish a voluntary program where companies operating critical infrastructure would choose to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards established with guidance from government. More here.
  • A new survey shows that while 82% of federal cybersecurity professionals have policies safeguarding government data on employees’ smartphones, but only 62% of participants with BYOD policies conducted continuous monitoring. More here.
  • Researchers have traced a string of zero-day attacks to a hacking group that appears linked to the Chinese government and who attacked Google two years ago. More here.
  • Three members of the House Judiciary Committee have voiced their concerns regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s seizure of domain names as part of Operation In Our Sites. More here.
  • The Federal Communications Commission intends to measure the performance of wireless broadband services across the country in a program called Measuring Mobile America. More here.
  • Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel hopes that right budgets and unprecedented cyber threats will force the federal government to innovate. More here.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Assistant Director for the Cyber Division Steven Chabinsky will leave to join the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike next week. More here.
  • The public can now vote for the finalists of the Department of Health and Human Services’ HHSInnovates awards that recognizes innovative work done by agency employees. More here.

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