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
Who will build and own the public safety broadband network is less important than adherence to federal First Responder Network Authority standards, said Sam Ginn, FirstNet chairman during a March 14 hearing. "Who builds the network and who operates the network, that, I think, is open and negotiable," Ginn told a House panel.
Cybersecurity at the 24 largest federal agencies was roughly the same in measured quality during fiscal 2012 as the year before, according to a newly released annual report on agency compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Einstein-3A is meant to detect and prevent malicious traffic on federal networks. The Homeland Security Department infrastructure protection and information security budget line, which funds the Einstein program, is subject to a 7.8 percent sequester rate, according (.pdf) to the Office of Management and Budget.
"We've made it very clear to China and some other state actors that, you know, we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," President Obama told ABC News in an interview that aired March 13.
Email-based cyber penetrations should cause industry and government to consider utilizing alternative communication channels, says the European Network and Information Security Agency. "When you say that email is not secure, [people] are shocked," said Louis Marinos, an ENISA senior expert risk management. Existing phishing filters and antivirus products "do not seem to be always working when attacks are performed over a long period of time," the report says.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has migrated the millionth user to its Microsoft enterprise email solution, making the offering "one of the largest independent email systems on the globe," agency officials told reporters in a March 13 presser. DISA charges $39.64 annually for each account, which comes with 4 gigabytes of storage, said Alfred Rivera, DISA principal director of enterprise services.
The report (.pdf), dated January 2013, says among the mandates the DoD chief information officer and the Defense Information Systems Agency could establish include aspects of trusted computing such as hypervisor attestation to assure that it hasn't been corrupted, cryptographic sealing and "strong virtual machine isolation."
Kozinski: When consumers trade privacy for services, it's difficult to prevent the gov't from accessing that same info
Because Americans are willing to disclose information to third parties in exchange for services with no monetary charge, "it's going to be very hard to complain that the government gets the same stuff that we are willing to sell so cheaply," said Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals.
Asia, and China in particular, has become the global locus of competition in cyberspace, says cybersecurity theorist James Andrew Lewis, in a new paper. Were it not for the fact of malicious Chinese cyber activities--which fall below the threshold of warfare but include rampant and internationally destabilizing cyber espionage--cyber conflict as an issue "would have a much lower profile and be of much less concern both regionally and globally."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced March 4 it's taken full control over a gap filler polar-orbiting weather satellite from NASA. The United States faces the likely prospect of an afternoon orbit polar weather satellite gap of 18 to 24 months between the time that the Suomi NPP reaches the end of its lifespan and when the first orbiter of its successor two-satellite constellation.