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GAO: FAA needs better risk analysis to ensure NextGen interoperable with systems worldwide

U.S. regulators overseeing a long-term initiative to modernize national air-traffic management have developed plans and activities to ensure the system is interoperable with other similar efforts around the world, but there isn't a process to routinely identify and address potential problems.

Feds finalize data standards aimed at consistent financial reporting mandated by DATA Act

The completion of the 57 data standards is designed to help agencies report financial information in a "clear and consistent" manner on USAspending.gov and improve transparency and accountability to the public.

GSA, 18F award first set of contracts to 16 companies for agile development services

The department's consulting firm 18F pushed for the blanket purchase agreement because there was "explosive" demand for their services to build products for agencies through the agile process and it needed help.

Federal study shows security banners can trick hackers into doing nothing

New research finds that there are some simple, non-invasive steps that IT administrators can implement to discourage cyber attackers from carrying out damaging commands.

New manufacturing alliance helping DoD turn 'science fiction' hybrid electronics into reality

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that flexible hybrid electronics will have great potential for the military and commercial sector, namely shaping "electronics to things" rather than the other way around.

Federal Aviation Administration awards 10-year, $109M deal to CSC for cloud services

The government solutions company is leading the integration effort that will help the agency take advantage of cloud computing services.

State Dept. IG chides diplomats for using private email

State Department employees at the Embassy in Tokyo, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, used private email to conduct official business, according to the department's inspector general.

Upcoming study outlines broad strategy for securing future DoD computer networks

As the Defense Department contends with greater and more sophisticated cyber attacks, it needs to enhance security from "chip to the cloud" and boost the speed and performance of system defenses, while remaining cost-effective, according to a recent Lexington Institute blog post.

 

DoD implements stricter cyber incident oversights, cloud computing guidelines

The Defense Department Wednesday initiated two sets of policies to enforce stricter guidelines when dealing with the 10,000 contractors the department trusts with offsite cyber information.

NCCoE issues draft guidance for bolstering cybersecurity at utilities

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is urging utility companies to change decentralized identity management practices at their facilities to shore up a weak link against online attack.

GAO, IGs will institutionalize cybersecurity sprint, says Tony Scott

"We may have created some work for people – especially the IGs and GAO – because [they] now have new numbers to report and new things to do when they go in and look at agencies," said Federal CIO Tony Scott. 

DISA releases 'best practices' guide to help military shift services to the cloud

The agency said the guide isn't official DoD or DISA policy, a security requirement or technical implementation guidance, but "a collection of best practices discovered during the DoD [Chief Information Officer] Cloud Pilots effort." 

Federal records managers should be more engaged in cybersecurity work, says NARA official

Chief information officers are not always engaging records managers in the cybersecurity efforts that are underway at federal agencies and departments, said a top National Archives and Records Administration Official.

Nations need to develop appropriate response to state-sponsored cyberattacks, expert says

Tobias Feakin, senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, provides a general framework that outlines what governments should do to develop a proportionate response.

Federal workers who used Ashley Madison facing possible punishment

After a hacking group made 36 million email records from infidelity matchmaking website Ashley Madison public, some federal agencies are investigating whether employees breached policy in using the service.

New report outlines how future web technologies can enhance criminal justice capabilities

Rapidly emerging web technologies can help law enforcement, court and corrections officers get timely and/or on-demand access to information, track the health levels of offenders and alert them about the whereabouts of individuals, among other benefits.

Widespread, unapproved use of Yammer possibly exposed sensitive data, VA probe finds

Thousands of Veterans Affairs Department employees appear to have been using the web-based collaboration tool Yammer since 2008, even though it wasn't approved by the department, potentially exposing some personal and sensitive information.

Innovative proposals sought by DARPA to thwart DDoS attacks against networks

A DDoS attack occurs when multiple compromised computers or systems, potentially hundreds of thousands, are directed to a single system with the intent of disrupting or denying legitimate users access to information, communications and communications capabilities.

DJ Patil says US is progressing toward a data-driven government

Through recent progress on three data initiatives, the United States is making progress to become a truly "data-driven government," said U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil. In an Aug. 19 post to the blog Medium, Patil reflected on half a year on the job.

White House cybersecurity czar: Threat awareness has improved, but protection hasn't

Federal agencies are increasingly engaged in cybersecurity issues and understand they have something to protect, said the White House's cybersecurity czar, but he added that most agencies, like their private-sector counterparts, are not protecting themselves as well as they should.