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Report: Nation state cyber conflict will become the norm

Low-intensity, Internet-enabled conflicts between nation states will become the rule, not the exception according to a report (pdf) issued Oct. 29 during Georgia Tech's Cybersecurity Summit.

Energy's unclassified cybersecurity program needs strengthening, IG says

An internal audit of the Energy Department's unclassified cybersecurity program found critical and high-risk vulnerabilites across many systems and networks tested, problems with access controls and web applications, and weaknesses in identifying and managing security features across systems.

FAA, industry form NextGen working group

A new working group comprised of the Federal Aviation Administration and  aviation industry members is taking on the task of equipping avionics with next-generation technology by a mandated deadline.

Pew: Cyberattacks will increase over the next decade

Cyberattacks are likely to increase in the next 10 years, but effective counter measures will minimize damage, a new study found.

18F director warns of reliance on requirements for gov't IT

Too often agencies are blindly checking a list of requirements rather than really thinking through how the technology they acquire or develop will serve the user, said Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's innovation lab called 18F.

TIGTA: IRS not ready to implement new tax-processing system

The Internal Revenue Service is making significant changes in how it processes tax returns, but a test of the system shows it's not ready for implementation, according to a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

Top Obama administration official says FAR can be made to work

A senior Obama administration official acknowledged that federal purchasing rules are difficult to navigate, especially for information technology projects and services, but they're getting the job done – for now.

ACLU: Feds should investigate potential racial discrimination around online credit marketing

The American Civil Liberties Union wants the federal government to investigate whether companies are using big data to engage in racial discrimination around online credit marketing—and take action, if they are.

Army steps up recruitment for new Cyber Branch, says commander

The Army has stepped up recruitment for its new Cyber Branch, the first branch to be formed since the Special Operations Branch nearly 30 years ago.

National Weather Service suffers satellite data outage, potentially affecting forecast quality

The National Weather Service experienced a satellite data outage for more than a day last week, prompting the agency to issue a statement that the outage could potentially impact forecast quality.

Audit: Requirements, risk management issues snag IT system modernization at IRS

Insufficient project requirements, among other problems, are continuing to delay a now four-year-old Internal Revenue Service IT modernization effort, designed to help taxpayers resolve disputes with the agency, the internal watchdog finds.

Pentagon must carefully consider 'projected effects' from offensive cyber operations, new document says

If the Pentagon uses offensive military operations in cyberspace, it must first carefully consider "projected effects," including impacts on non-military and foreign policy areas, says a recently declassified military document.

White House launches API to make it easier for people to submit petitions

The White House recently launched the "write" application programming interface version of its petitions platform as a way for people to more easily submit signatures from other sites.

DHS report makes recommendations for greater open source software use in government

A report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate says barriers to using and developing open source software must be addressed as IT budgets across government continue to tighten.

GSA eases search integration with Instagram, Fed Reg for gov't web managers

With a little help from the General Services Administration's digital search program, federal web managers can now expand search results on their agency and department sites to include results from their Instagram accounts and relevant Federal Register notices.   

FCC releases another 2.5M public comments on open Internet rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission Oct. 22 released a second batch of nearly 2.5 million comments about its net neutrality plan that would permit faster Internet service for some websites willing to pay for it.

Isolate, control, manage hypervisor environments, says NIST

System administrators working at federal agencies and departments can minimize the risk associated with running virtualized machines on a single host computer, called a hypervisor, by isolating VMs, controlling access, and managing privileged operations and interactions, according to draft security guidance (pdf) issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Oct. 20.

Final NIST cloud roadmap sets 'action plans' for gov't cloud adoption

The National Institute of Standards and technology Oct. 21 published a final version of its U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap (pdf). The document lays out 10 requirements – each accompanied by "priority action plans" and target completion dates – necessary for cloud adoption by the federal government.

Auditors shine light on vulnerabilities in FDA computer network

Vulnerabilty testing of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network found several deficiencies that could potentially be exploited by attackers, but auditors did not gain unauthorized access to the network, an internal investigation revealed.

National Weather Service worker charged with allegedly stealing sensitive government files

Hydrologist Xiafen "Sherry" Chen was arrested Oct. 20 at at the agency's Wilmington, Ohio, facility after being indicted in U.S. District Court, according to the FBI.