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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DHS officials: CDM, Einstein programs will improve federal cyber defenses in next 2 years

Both programs provide a basic level of security across the federal government regardless of an agency's cybersecurity skill set or resources at a given moment.

ONC launches newest version of privacy and security guidance for the exchange of health information

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday rolled out guidance that is meant to explain how federal laws support the exchange of health information.

DoD launches next iteration of acquisition initiative focusing on cybersecurity

The Defense Department launched its third version of the Better Buying Power initiative last week focusing on cybersecurity and technology acquisition. "Better Buying Power 3.0 really is animated by an urgent concern of ours, and that is what we see to be a steady erosion of our technological superiority that we have relied upon for so long in all of our defense strategies," said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work at an April 9 DoD press conference.

Identity management, data integrity remain pain points for a range of companies in protecting consumer data, says NIST

As corporations consider the protection of company and customer data, security, privacy and usability are a major focus but businesses cited several challenges in taking such measures. Identity management and data integrity are among the issues highlighted in a draft interagency report (pdf) published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology April 2.

IG: Coast Guard taking steps to reduce insider threats, but more needs to be done

Although the Coast Guard has taken steps to reduce insider threats, there's still more to do, including training Coast Guard employees about insider threat awareness, says a March 27 Homeland Security Department inspector general report.

Despite easing tensions, Iran's cyber capabilities remain a threat, says panel

Recent work toward a nuclear deal with Iran has smoothed relations between the country and the United States, but Iran's seemingly dormant cyber operations infrastructure remains poised for deployment at any time, according to a panel of experts.

Obama signs order to allow sanctions on individuals who threaten national cybersecurity

President Obama last week signed an executive order that makes it possible to impose sanctions on individuals who threaten national cybersecurity.

Fever Pitch

SPECIAL REPORT For years cybersecurity lagged compared to other competing priorities, as federal officials dealt with other programs affected by tighter budgets and resources. But with an intensifying threat, that's changed. Read the report

GAO: Library of Congress continues to suffer poor IT management

The world's largest library and the country's oldest federal cultural institution is increasingly relying on IT as it continues to carry its collection mission in the Digital Age, but it's struggling to effectively administer and protect new systems.

Networked medical devices vulnerable to cyber attack, accidental failures, new report finds

As more networked medical devices like insulin pumps and cardiac pacemakers are woven into the fabric of digital healthcare and into the "Internet of Things," their promise of improving care is being tempered by security concerns.