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VA Secretary: Open source is the only way to operate

Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald voiced his support for open source technology July 30, as he outlined a broad reform plan that includes streamlining information technology and taking a more "holistic" look at customer service.

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Policymakers must look at IoT as a whole, not just parts, says industry group

As Internet of Things, or IoT, technology grows and influences multiple market segments, policymakers must consider rules that could apply across the board, a new report states.

DATA Act progress continues, but not without snags

Although the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have taken important steps toward implementing requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, they have much more to do, the Comptroller General of the United States told Congress.

New survey says cybersecurity worries among execs have risen sharply, promotes more info sharing

Seventy-six percent of executives from U.S. companies, law enforcement, government agencies, other organizations and other security experts said they were more concerned about cybersecurity threats this year than in the past 12 months, representing a major jump in their uneasiness.

One-stop shop for policy resources now open

A resource library full of information technology reporting and action requirements for federal agencies is now available to federal chief information officers.

Experts say tech industry has duty to counter extremism, but against imposing legal onus

Michael Chertoff, Michael Leiter, Zoe Baird and others weigh in about interplay and relationship between government and the private sector on terrorism, encryption and other similar emerging issues

Senators push bill to authorize EINSTEIN 3A, shore up 'insufficient cybersecurity practices' governmentwide

Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced Monday a bipartisan bill that would grant federal agencies clear legal authority in utilizing EINSTEIN, the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and monitoring system.

Coalition: Senate bill aimed at boosting private sector cybersecurity data sharing is 'a train wreck'

Sixty-eight security experts, technology companies and civil society groups sent a letter to President Obama July 27, urging him to threaten to veto the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.

18F breaks down implementation of HTTPS for federal agencies

In order to help federal agencies meet a new requirement to use HTTPS connections for all publicly accessible websites, 18F offered a how-to guide for beginners.

OPM secures vulnerable background check platform, re-enables it for use

An Office of Personnel Management system that is devoted to processing background information that officials disabled during the fallout of the agency's breach incidents was re-enabled last week following security enhancements, according to a statement from OPM.

CFPB proposes $5.2M fine against student financial aid company for alleged illegal billing

The bureau said the Sacramento, Calif.-based company misled customers regarding the total cost of its subscription financial services and then imposed undisclosed and unauthorized automatic recurring charges. 

Census director says no personal data leaked from breach for which Anonymous members claim credit

Census's John H. Thompson says the breach was limited to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, an external database that didn't include personally identifiable information from people responding to censuses and surveys.

UPDATED - Census Bureau confirms 'unauthorized access' to system; Anonymous members claim responsibility

The Census Bureau confirmed that it's investigating a cybersecurity incident that resulted in an "unauthorized access to non-confidential information," which some members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for in a July 22 tweet.

IG: Lack of cybersecurity staff, technology left USPS vulnerable to 2014 attack

A lack of properly trained cybersecurity workers and a comprehensive cyber strategy were major reasons why the U.S. Postal Service experienced a data breach late last year, a new report found.

Bill would specify, bolster DHS' job as protector of the dot-gov domain

Six senators have partnered to introduce a bipartisan bill that would give the Homeland Security Department more authority to protect federal civilian networks.

Bill seeks trade penalties on foreign countries that harbor hackers

In response to the compromise of 22 million federal workers' records after a cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management, a bill proposes new retaliation tactics against foreign cyber perpetrators.

Feds: Imposters, scammers trying to dupe the millions of OPM database breach victims

The Federal Trade Commission and OPM's USAJobs.com posted information on their respective websites about fraudulent attempts to further deceive the 21.5 million current, former and prospective federal government employees and contractors, whose personal information was stolen by hackers.

UPDATED - Sepulveda: International Internet policies key for future growth in US, abroad

An eventual total US exit from the inner workings of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will be a major step for the transition of the Internet from a formerly US-dominated network to a worldwide commodity, said Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary of state and the US coordinator on international communications and information policy.

New report: Privacy, property rights among top regulatory issues as drones multiply in air

As unmanned aerial vehicle usage becomes more prevalent within society, governments, the commercial sector and the public will have to take a hard look at a host of changing and evolving implications it has on privacy, property rights and other issues, a New America report says.