18F launches 'Digital Economy' consulting arm

The consulting practice within the General Services Administration's innovation lab will now help agencies solve digital challenges within specific policy verticals, beginning with finance.

NSF grants look to advance cybermanufacturing

With grants from the National Science Foundation, dozens of universities will research how Internet applications can boost American manufacturing.

NIST draft guide aims to bolster email security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a draft publication Sept. 28 that will help federal enterprise email administrators, information security specialists and network managers better safeguard email.

Revision could move NIST authentication guidance out of the weeds

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's authentication guidance document, known as NIST Special Publication 800-63, is being revised to better align with modern expectations of how to use authentication technologies within federal information systems, said Sean Brooks, privacy engineer at NIST.

Cyber vandalism 'the least of our worries,' says White House cybersecurity coordinator

Cyber intrusions that result in embarrassing social media posts or websites going dark are hardly blips on the radar for White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.

Some fed IT specialist work experiences among lowest in government, survey says

More than 60 percent of all federal IT specialists cannot say for sure or do not believe their working units are able to recruit the talent necessary for their jobs, according to a federal poll of all the government's workers.

GAO: USPS on-time delivery metrics lacking

The Postal Service reports that on-time delivery performance is improving, but auditors at the Government Accountability Office are skeptical because figures presented by the agency only reflect about half of the mail it processes.

Workforce issues, strategies define success as governments go digital, says report

Across the globe, a dearth of digital skills in the government workforce presents a major challenge to the delivery of digital services, according to a survey of public sector leaders.

Cybersecurity is 'soft underbelly' of nuclear energy industry, new critical report says

Nuclear energy facilities worldwide are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of pervasive technical and cultural challenges, London-based think tank Chatham House said.

DoD report: Acquisition performance improves but at the expense of technical advancement

A review of Defense Department acquisition reveals encouraging results in terms of cost savings and performance, but also shows that an overly cautious approach to contracting may result in missed technological opportunities.

GAO launches consulting arm

The Government Accountability Office opened the doors to its Center of Audit Excellence Oct. 1, which will provide fee-based products and services to domestic and international accountability organizations.

DoD wants DIB to divulge breaches

The Defense Department initiated a policy that would require contractors in its Defense Industrial Base, or DIB, information sharing network to report certain cyber breaches in all contracts with the department.

CIA looks to cloud, big data to advance mission

The Central Intelligence Agency is embracing cloud computing technology to help ease the burden of computing-intensive analytics programs that produce intelligence for its agents. It's also opening doors that will help the CIA to partner with innovative vendors in the big data market.

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Why feds aren't concerned about OPM's stolen fingerprint database

Federal workers may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as cybersecurity experts say the recent theft of more than 5 million fingerprints doesn't pose a serious risk.

OPM starts sending letters to millions affected by cyber breaches

The Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday that it has begun sending notification letters to those individuals affected by recent breaches on the agency's systems.

Spotlight: Hillary Clinton's private email likely a popular spear-phishing target

Five fake speeding ticket notices released by the Sate Department on Wednesday were just a glimpse into the spear phishing attempts targeted at Hillary Clinton's email account.

'Credible threats' the best form of defense in cyberspace, expert tells Congress

"We need to make credible threats. We need to have countries believe that we will respond with some punitive action," James Andrew Lewis, director of the strategic technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told lawmakers.

Army allows commercial cloud providers to operate on base

As part of the Army's data center consolidation efforts, the service will merge data centers run by several Army components into a single facility run by a commercial cloud service provider at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, reports Federal News Radio.

NIST issues draft guide for managing attribute-based access to IT systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued Sept. 30 a draft reference model to help agencies design attribute-based access control systems.