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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Healthcare.gov passwords vulnerable to Heartbleed bug

Account passwords for healthcare.gov will be invalid pending a reset, on account of the Heartbleed web security bug.

SEC financial system went live with security issues

An important Securities and Exchange Commission financial system went live last summer before a contractor completed necessary security tasks, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Auditors don't specify the "key financial system" or the required security tasks in an April 17  report, which says the SEC neglected to scrutinize its contractor's work.

Tomorrow's Internet less resilient, says report

The Internet of tomorrow will be less resilient, less available and not as robust as today's warns a think tank and an insurance company. So far, cyber incidents have had effects that are widespread but temporary, or persistent but narrowly focused, says a  report  published Wednesday by the Atlantic Council and Zurich Insurance Group.  

NIST unveils AppVet for mobile application evaluation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.

Zero day vulnerabilities shared unless national security needs them, says White House

Intelligence agencies that discover an unpatched vulnerability will turn that knowledge over to software manufacturers for remediation purposes – unless there exists "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the White House says. The statement comes amid  officially contested   reports  that the National Security Agency knew for two years of the Heartbleed vulnerability.

FTC lawsuit over hotel chain data breach can proceed

The Federal Trade Commission's push to regulate corporate data security survived an attempt in federal court to dismiss a case the agency brought against the Wyndham hotel chain for three data breaches.

Electric grid security standards too broad, says trade group

A one-size-fits-all approach to security throughout the electric grid risks diverting resources from the most crucial facilities, the head of the American Public Power Association said during a Senate hearing April 10.

Sharing cyber threat data doesn't violate anti-trust law

The private sector need not worry about violating anti-trust law if they share cyber threat data, officials from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.

Moderate risks in DHS cyber threat signature sharing, says privacy office

Sharing of cyber threat information by the Homeland Security Department with the private sector presents some modest privacy risks, says the departmental privacy office.

Metrics matter in privacy engineering

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – As the privacy field seeks greater precision in a bid to make technical implementation of privacy controls a possibility, it should be cautious about the metrics it adopts, warns a computer scientist.