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NATO needs a cyber 'exercise range' to help bolster security capabilities, face emerging threats, report says

NATO should create an "exercise range" to help its members test their cyber capabilities and share lessons learned and new concepts with the group. The nonpartisan Atlantic Council made the recommendation in a new joint report (pdf) with the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies.

Proactive social media monitoring drives online citizen services at HHS

Recent revelations of widespread government surveillance, or the "Snowden effect," may have given the practice of digital monitoring a bad rap, but a Health and Human Services Department official says proactive social media monitoring can drive positive citizen services.

UN: Countries face substantial barriers in providing e-government services

For the first time since the United Nations began measuring its member states on e-government development, all 193 countries have national websites, but most still are at the early stages of delivering online services, according to U.N.'s recently released 2014 survey.

Cybersecurity policies lacking at small agencies, finds GAO

Even federal agencies that are considered small – those with 6,000 employees or less – can face major cybersecurity risks, but a recent Government Accountability Office report finds policy gaps leave them largely unprepared.

FITARA, FISMA reform and DHS cyber authority bills advance from Senate committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 25 advanced legislation that would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight, modernize the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and clarify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity efforts.

American tech industry suffering due to unresolved surveillance policy issues, says exec

One year after U.S. government surveillance activities were revealed by former Defense Department contractor Edward Snowden, American technology companies continue to feel negative repercussions, said Brad Smith, executive vice president and general Counsel for Microsoft.

Study: Cybersecurity problems won't be solved with a permanent solution any time soon

Such problems stem from the complexity of IT systems and "human fallibility" in making decisions about what actions and data are safe or unsafe, a National Research Council report said.

Don't blame funding for NextGen's slow rollout, says DOT IG

While some lawmakers find the Federal Aviation Administration's implementation of key 2020 NextGen program milestones slow, the Transportation Department's Inspector General says it's not due to inadequate funding.

HHS considering Desktop as a Service

The Health and Human Services Department is interested in moving as many as 200,000 desktop computers to the cloud as part of a shift to Desktop as a Service, or DaaS.

IG: State Department bureau needs to develop IT strategy, manage networks more efficiently

A bureau that promotes the State Department's policy-advocacy work through videos, social media, interactive web chats and other means still has not established an IT strategy that matches up with business needs, an investigation has found.

Report: Data show U.S. far outpacing Europe in broadband race

Despite media reports that the United States is falling behind Europe in the broadband race, far more American households have greater access to next-generation networks than households in Europe, a recent paper says.

NTIA head: 'Smooth transition' to new Internet governance model needs participation, transparency, consensus

A "smooth transition" from U.S. control over web addresses to a new, international group will require active participation of stakeholders, support for the new governance model, consensus and greater accountability and transparency, said the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at ICANN's London meeting June 23.

FBI.gov to get a reboot

The Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to relaunch its public-facing website, according to a June 20 presolicitation notice from the Justice Department. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a requirement for information technology services for Internet web presence software applications, content management, content delivery and technology environments," says the post.

NIST launches new cloud computing working groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is standing up three new working groups to fulfill requirements laid out in the U.S. government's Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap. The roadmap (pdf), which NIST published in November 2011, details high priority tasks necessary to further cloud adoption in the federal government and elsewhere.

Kass-Hout: FDA using cloud computing, new tools to store, access and analyze big data

The Food and Drug Administration is building an "innovative technology environment," which relies in part on cloud computing to handle an influx of big data as well as tools to identify, extract and analyze information, the regulatory agency's chief health informatics officer wrote in an agency blog.

Shortage of cybersecurity pros in government, business potentially undermines national cybersecurity, finds RAND

Is there a shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the federal government and private sector that's leaving the U.S. vulnerable to cyber attacks? The short answer is yes, according to a new RAND report that thoroughly reviewed studies, interviewed experts and examined what's been written about the labor market for this field.

IG: NOAA's next-gen satellite program cost estimate more solid, but subject to change

While the latest estimated cost of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's next-generation environmental satellite program is more solid, several factors could potentially affect that figure, according to a new audit.

OIG wants to know how the Internet of Things applies to USPS

The Postal Service office of inspector general wants to know how the Internet of Things, data strategy and analytics could be applied to USPS operations, infrastructure, products and services, according to a solicitation posted June 17 to FedBizOpps.

Cross-sector NSTIC implementation tough to crack, says panel

Reaching the point where identity solutions that apply to the healthcare sector could also be accepted in the area of financial services or other sectors continues to be a challenge for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.

VanRoekel: FITARA has 'the right themes', but more comprehensive approach needed

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which passed in the House May 22 as part of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435), received a subtle endorsement from Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel on June 19.