Cybersecurity has grown in importance as networked systems become irreplaceable methods for delivering federal services and enabling day-to-day operations. The Office of Management and Budget reported in March 2010 that during fiscal 2010 agencies identified 41,776 cyber incidents--a 39 percent increase in cyber attacks over the previous year.

Big changes are afoot in the federal cyber arena, with the Defense Department having stood up Cyber Command, the Homeland Security Department readying active defense measures for federal networks and the entire federal government debating the role it should play in securing critical infrastructure in private sector hands. 

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UPDATED- Final smart grid interoperability standards guide released by NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its third – and final – version of a document designed to help industry transform the more-than-century-old U.S. electrical system into an advanced, interoperable smart grid.

Mayorkas: DHS in 'dire need' of cyber legislation

A Homeland Security Department official said the department is in "dire need" of legislation that would address cyber threat information sharing and help it build its cybersecurity workforce. "We are not without tools, but we do have a dire need for legislation to better equip us,"  said  Mayorkas, during an Oct. 1  Washington Post  event.

Energy Department poorly overseeing cloud computing initiatives, audit finds

The Energy Department is falling short in effectively and efficiently purchasing, implementing and managing its cloud computing technologies, an internal audit found.

Regulatory agencies doing less regulating, more advising for cyber resilience and response

Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's  cybersecurity framework  and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.

GAO: DHS needs a better approach to assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure

Congressional investigators said the Homeland Security Department needs a better way to consistently assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure despite conducting thousands of reviews in recent years.

Experts say cybersecurity legislation unlikely before fiscal 2015 begins

It's unlikely that Congress will have time to address cybersecurity legislation as the end of the fiscal year rapidly approaches, according to Former National Security Agency Director and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden.

NIST offers help in securing printers, copiers, scanners from cyber intrusions

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released draft guidance pointing out the risks and vulnerabilties of such so-called replication devices, which increasingly also include 3D printers and scanners. Besides reminding people about potential cybersecurity problems, it offers advice on how such devices and information that's stored or transmitted can be better protected.

Survey: Majority of government CIOs say they don't have sufficient IT resources

A recent survey found that 62 percent of government chief information officers said they don't have sufficient resources to do their jobs effectively.

Army pushing for more cybersecurity personnel to combat increasing threats, attacks

As part of its efforts to combat rising cyber threats and attacks, the Army is launching the Cyber Protection Brigade and could start a new cyber branch as soon as the second week of October, an official said.

NATO adopts cybersecurity policy, says such threats, attacks no different from conventional ones

At the two-day Wales summit, the alliance issued pledges and decisions in a number of areas-- including cybersecurity-- to better meet various security challenges. It adopted an Enhanced Cyber Defence Policy that lays out the principles for its members to defend against cyber threats and attacks as they become more frequent, complex and potentially damaging.