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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Coast Guard authorization bill sent to Senate

A bill authorizing Coast Guard discretionary spending for two years at $8.7 billion annually sailed through the House of Representatives – to the chagrin of some on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Hagel: U.S. will exercise 'restraint' in cyber operations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought Friday to downplay the United States' recently-earned reputation for aggressiveness in cyberspace, even as he acknowledged a rapid pace of personnel expansion within Cyber Command. The Defense Department, he said, "will maintain an approach of restraint to any cyber operations outside the U.S. government networks. We are urging other nations to do the same."

Expert witnesses exempted from DOJ encryption rules for years

Expert witnesses and litigation consultants hired by U.S. attorney's offices received waivers lasting more than three years that exempted them from encryption rules meant to protect Justice Department information.

No grand strategy for cyberspace operations necessary

Anyone lamenting today's lack of a cyber war grand strategist – someone "with great vision who will declare to the world what great power lies therein" – overlooks the properties of cyberspace, writes a Rand scientist in a paper.

DOJ seeks to expand reach into suspected criminals' computers

Under a proposal offered to the federal judiciary's Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, law enforcement would be allowed to remotely access computers they suspect were used in crimes – even if the computers are located in a different judicial district than the one granting the warrant.

No dedicated state and local grants for NIST cybersecurity framework adoption

State and local operators of critical infrastructure won't get a dedicated grant program to foster adoption of a cybersecurity framework the government released earlier this year – not unless Congress approves legislation allowing it, said a Homeland Security Department official.

FBI refilling jobs vacated during sequestration

The FBI plans to hire 1,000 agents and analysts by October to replace employees lost to attrition during the hiring freeze instituted under sequestration. But just because the FBI has the funds to hire doesn't mean it can attract the workforce it needs. The FBI director said the bureau's struggles to fill cybersecurity positions remain a significant issue.

Cyber black market sophisticated and resilient, says Rand

Over the past decade, the cyber black market has transformed from a landscape of "discrete, ad hoc networks of individuals initially motivated by little more than ego and notoriety" into a financially driven collection of suppliers, vendors and intermediaries dominated by criminal organizations or groups, says the think tank.

Obama administration considers proposing limited liability protection for cyber threat sharing

Whether to propose extending limited liability protection to companies sharing cyber threat information is under consideration within the Obama administration, a top civilian cybersecurity official said Wednesday.

U.S. and EU announce closer cyber ties

European Union leaders and President Obama today announced a new effort to formalize and broaden cooperation on cyber issues.