David Perera

Biography for David Perera

David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.

Articles by David Perera

FedRAMP program office releases transition plan to new controls baseline

Private sector cloud providers with a FedRAMP provisional authorization making them eligible to sell services to federal agencies will have about a year to implement the new minimum set of security controls.

NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

A random number generating algorithm under suspicion of National Security Agency tampering will no longer carry government approval. The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced Monday it will remove the algorithm in question, the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, from its publication containing pseudorandom generator standards.

SEC to examine securities industry cybersecurity measures

The Securities and Exchange Commission released earlier this month a checklist of cybersecurity measures it'll use as part of this year's examination of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers.

Healthcare.gov passwords vulnerable to Heartbleed bug

Account passwords for healthcare.gov will be invalid pending a reset, on account of the Heartbleed web security bug.

FTC in position to enforce data stewardship standards among cloud providers, says paper

Enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission have laid a foundation for establishment of data stewardship standards controlling cloud services that involve processing personal data, say two academics. 

Tomorrow's Internet less resilient, says report

The Internet of tomorrow will be less resilient, less available and not as robust as today's warns a think tank and an insurance company. So far, cyber incidents have had effects that are widespread but temporary, or persistent but narrowly focused, says a report published Wednesday by the Atlantic Council and Zurich Insurance Group.

 

Paper tax returns mostly superseded by electronic filing

Paper federal tax returns increasingly are a relic of the time before ubiquitous Internet, shows Internal Revenue Service preliminary filing data.

DARPA tests drone-mounted WiFi

Warfare more dependent on the gathering and dispersal of battlefield data has long been in the making, but hobbled by the problem of assuring connectivity – especially at the level of soldiers rather than commanders.

FAA: ADS-B ground infrastructure complete

The nationwide ground infrastructure necessary for air traffic controllers to see airplanes according to their GPS-transmitted location is now complete, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Zero day vulnerabilities shared unless national security needs them, says White House

Intelligence agencies that discover an unpatched vulnerability will turn that knowledge over to software manufacturers for remediation purposes – unless there exists "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the White House says. The statement comes amid officially contested reports that the National Security Agency knew for two years of the Heartbleed vulnerability.