Freedom Act changes rules on feds' digital surveillance

Digital surveillance by the federal government took a hit and then landed softly as controversial portions of the USA Patriot Act expired and the USA Freedom Act passed this week.

NASA launches API portal to explore vast amounts of agency data

NASA launched a vehicle of a different kind last week – one that encourages developers to explore the space agency's database and begin using or contributing application programming interfaces.

DoD needs to beef up insider-threat protection, GAO says

The Defense Department's efforts to curb insider threats don't go far enough, a new report found.

NIST releases draft risk framework to help agencies understand, manage privacy issues

As the smart grid, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things continue to collect massive amounts of data about people, significant concerns about the potential infringement on their privacy are being raised.

EPA must tackle several cybersecurity issues to deal with persistent threats, watchdog says

With advanced persistent cyber threats continuing to pose a challenge, the Environmental Protection Agency needs to make some tough choices on where it can spend its limited security budget to make the most impact.

DoD updates guidance on IT services management

The Defense Department's chief information officer signed new guidance for the management of information technology services.

Battle alien invaders, explore kingdom of monsters to help DARPA find software bugs

The agency last week announced the release of five new games as part of the Crowd Sourced Formal Verification program that seeks to use gamers to help analyze software applications and make sure they are more secure.

NARA seeks comments on new guidance for electronic message management

The NARA bulletin applies to chat or instant messaging, texting, voicemail messages that can be attached to emails, and other communications platforms such as social media or mobile apps.

DHS seeks public input on creating new cybersecurity information sharing centers

These information sharing and analysis organizations may be an alternative model for organizations that "do not fit neatly into an existing critical infrastructure sector ... or lack sufficient resources to share directly with the government."

Industry group urges use of data in NTIA cyber policy

An industry group says questions on implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework that was put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in February 2014 remain unresolved, but another Commerce Department agency could bridge the gap with guidance.

Wanted: Training program for Digital Service procurement pros

The federal government wants to know how best to train and develop the contracting workforce that supports government's Digital Service teams. 

NIST preps digital privacy framework, considers control catalog

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is putting the finishing touches on a new interagency report that will advise federal agencies on assessing and mitigating the privacy risks associated with their digital services.

Criminals dupe IRS application, access more than 100,000 personal tax accounts

Cyber criminals illegally accessed IRS tax accounts for more than 100,000 people using stolen data from an outside source, according to a statement from the IRS.

DOJ issues drone guidance for agencies that enhances transparency, accountability

The department uses drones to help in search and rescue efforts, drug interdictions and fugitive investigations, among other applications, since they are more cost-effective and safer than using manned aircraft.

New paper argues for int'l system helping law enforcement get evidence stored in clouds

The Chertoff Group paper discusses the difficulty for law enforcement agencies to obtain data that is often collected, stored and processed through shared computing services, or cloud computing, in foreign jurisdictions.


Forgot password? Don't worry, new service enables single login to multiple gov't sites

MyUSA, a product of the General Services Administration's 18F, is an account management service that consolidates interactions with government websites.

Cyber stands to make gains in national defense bill, but Obama threatens veto

To help bolster U.S. cyber defense, the bill calls for authorizing the president to use military cyber action in response to an attack on the nation, additional funding to the Defense Innovation Initiative for increased investment in various technologies, and more cyber procurement funding.

Americans feel their privacy is often at risk, Pew Research Center studies show

Americans have "exceedingly low levels of confidence in the privacy and security of the records that are maintained by a variety of institutions in the digital age," Pew said.

Private sector not sharing as much cybersecurity info as feds want, experts say

Convincing the private sector to share more information about cybersecurity incidents with the federal government will take trust building and a cooperative effort across all relevant agencies.

Think tank outlines 12 areas where Congress can help accelerate data innovation, benefit public

The Center for Data Innovation report said Congress can help shape data usage to boost economic growth and benefit the public through improved transparency or more efficient healthcare.