The FBI Denies Being Hacked and Tracking Apple Devices, DISA’s Five Year Strategic Plan, and More

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

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation denies that one of their laptops had been hacked by AntiSec and that the file of 12 million Apple device IDs they claim to have leaked even existed. More here.
  • The Defense Information Systems Agency released its strategic plan for 2013-2018 focusing on communications and information sharing networks, as well as Global Defense Posture, Cyber Command and Control, Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Support, DOD Joint Information Environment, DOD Cloud Services, Mobility Initiatives, Acquisition Agility, and DISA First. More here.
  • The Democratic and Republican platforms diverged on cybersecurity, with the Democrats praising successes such as creating U.S. Cyber Command while the Republicans claiming that Obama’s approach has been too regulatory and defensive. More here.
  • The Democratic platform also heavily hints that President Obama will issue an executive order on cybersecurity. More here.
  • The White House redesigned’s mobile website and added features to its iPhone and Android applications. More here.
  • The General Services Administration’s virtual employee program, meant to save costs through employees working remotely, cost $7.7 million in travel expenses during the past four years. More here.
  • Dr. Peter Highnam has been named director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Agency. More here.
  • The Naval Postgraduate School is seeking software to find and exploit network vulnerabilities. More here.
  • The General Services Administration has created a web page with links and downloads of each agency’s digital strategy. More here.
  • In the National Reconnaissance Office budget document for this fiscal year there is money set aside to develop satellites with a much broader area of surveillance and better satellite data analysis algorithms. More here.
  • A report from the Department of Defense office of the inspector general found that online and social media communication have decreased the need for voting assistance offices at military installations to the point where they should no longer be mandated. More here.
  • The National Security Agency and Defense Information Systems Agency are planning to distribute their secure mobile devices by the end of the year. More here.
  • The Russian government has developed its own mobile operating system similar to Android due to fears that Google might share information with the U.S. Government. More here.

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