Dawn Leaf makes the case for a cloud practitioner roadmap

More than five years ago, Dawn Leaf led the National Institute of Standards and Technology's work to write a cloud computing roadmap for the federal government. Since that time, there's been no shortage of additional resources for departments to rely on as they move systems to the cloud, but as Labor Department chief information officer, Leaf sees an important element missing.

Lawrence Livermore-developed security-enhancing network mapping tool to be commercialized

The lab's Network Mapping System tool, which helps information technology managers discover and characterize their networks, has been licensed to Washington, D.C.-based Cambridge Global Advisors.

FBI-led global operation takes down hacking forum Darkode, disrupting cybercriminal activities

Darkode is a password-protected online forum where cybercriminals buy, sell and trade information, skills and products to hack into computers and other electronic devices.

Social media, other companies would be required to report 'terrorist activity' under Senate intelligence bill

The measure is part of the larger Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously passed about three weeks ago. The full Senate has yet to vote on the entire bill.


Army seeks support for Cyber Battle Lab across all electromagnetic activities

The branch plans to transition by October its current Network Battle Lab that focused only on experimentation to support the network to the Cyber Battle Lab that will develop, use and assess technologies in cyberspace operations, electronic warfare and spectrum management.

White House to host first 'Tech Day' Aug. 4

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith said this upcoming Tech Day is just one of the initiatives she and her team are working on to make the government more tech-savvy.

DoD CIO to industry: Do your homework

As DoD tries to better understand its industry partners, Halvorsen isn't seeing the same eagerness from vendors trying to better understand their customer.

NSA cybersecurity tool now publicly available

The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity tool publicly to GitHub that lets computers maintain a defined security posture.

Archuleta resigns in wake of OPM breach

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama on Friday, according to an emailed statement from an agency spokesperson. Archuleta steps down just one day after publicly announcing that 21.5 million individuals' sensitive records were stolen in a breach of the agency's background investigation database.

OPM reveals 21.5M affected in background investigation data breach

Federal investigators confirmed today that 21.5 million people have had their sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, stolen from Office of Personnel Management background investigation databases.

DHS has 'leading suspect' in OPM hack but won't point fingers

The federal government has a "leading suspect" in its investigation of two information technology system breaches at the Office of Personnel Management that compromised the sensitive data of millions of people.

NTEU sues OPM over data breach

The National Treasury Employees Union has sued the Office of Personnel management over the recently disclosed data breach.

ICANN reports progress on proposals to shift Internet control

Progress continues on plans to shift control of the Internet's Domain Name System from a Commerce Department agency to a private stakeholder community as the unofficial Sept. 15 deadline approaches.

Industry, government back proposal to amend cyber crime law

A proposal to amend and modernize cybercrime laws was met with support from federal officials and industry executives alike.

Marine Corps, Interior Dept. push IT mandates as part of cybersecurity 'sprint'

The Marine Corps is directing its information technology system administrators to immediately implement public key infrastructure, or PKI, encryption as part of a review of cybersecurity at the service. Privileged user authentication and PKI are mandatory requirements, according to a memo issued July 1.

UN-supported cyber norms dictate peace-, wartime-behavior

A U.N. group has agreed to a set of "cyberspace rules of the road," dictating international cyber relations.

NIST proposes new ways to secure email, mobile devices

Two new information technology security building blocks proposed through a National Institute of Standards and Technology public-private partnership could help organizations make email and mobile devices more secure.

Report: Education, training needed in field of cyber-physical systems

Cyber-physical systems seem poised to flourish in the near future as technology advances, but a recent report from the National Research Council says education and training in the United States needs to improve to fulfill the demand for talent in this area.

Audit: NRC's web-based licensing system needs improvement to boost usage, effectiveness

The web-based licensing system generally meets operational capabilities as intended, but use varies among license reviewers, who evaluate new or amended license applications, and inspectors, who visit licensees to make sure they comply. 

Army develops faster, more effective way for intel analysis of visual media obtained from enemies

Army researchers have designed a user interface for a system that enables computers to better manage tens of thousands of images, enhancing how Defense Department intelligence analysts search, filter and explore such visual media.