Top Officers Say Sequestration Threatens Cybersecurity, the VA Considers Mobile Contracts for All Employees, and More

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

  • Top officers from each of the military branches warned a House Armed Services subcommittee that sequestration would be devastating to cybersecurity. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is standing up 13 portfolio governance boards to oversee information technology efforts. More here.
  • A researcher at the Black Hat conference demonstrated security gaps that allowed him to insert fake airplanes into the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. More here.
  • Requirements to make government websites handicapped accessible greatly complicates smartphone and tablet versions. More here.
  • The Air Force plans to purchase up to 32 GPS III satellites, which will provide more accurate and secure global positioning. More here.
  • The White House issued strong support for the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 with the inclusion of a few minor amendments of its own. More here.
  • The Veterans Affairs Department is considering a national mobile device and services contract for its 300,000 employees. More here.

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