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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IG: Despite efforts to improve security, NASA computer networks still vulnerable

Due to an uptick in cyber attacks on the space agency's networks and web sites in recent years, the U.S. space agency launched a program to improve its cybersecurity and cut down on potential ways for hackers to get into its systems. A recent report by the NASA inspector general lauds the program's efforts, but notes that there's still room for more improvement.

Study: Utilities, others in critical infrastructure sector unprepared for cyber attacks

Nearly 70 percent of water, power, oil and gas, and other companies in the critical infrastructure sector said they've experienced at least one cybersecurity breach over the last 12 months, a new Ponemon Institute global survey finds.

Senate panel OKs bill encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with gov't

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence July 8 approved a cybersecurity bill by a 12-3 vote that would encourage companies to voluntarily share information about cyberattacks with the government.

CFPB seeks technology recruits for fellowship program beginning in 2015

Under the 2015 fellowship program, CFPB is accepting applications for software, web and user experience developers, graphic designers, cybersecurity professionals, data architects and data scientists, among others, for positions that will last two years. Fellows are expected to begin work in January 2015.

DOE audit finds redundancy, security issues with VoIP network deployments

The recent deployment of Voice over Internet Protocol networks across the Energy Department may have increased efficiency, but also created potential redundancy and cybersecurity issues, an internal report found.

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.

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.

FCC chairman pitches new industry-driven regulatory model to enhance cybersecurity

The FCC chairman said he wants to work with the private sector to build a new, business-driven model to improve cybersecurity of the nation's information networks.

Congressional CJS funding bills address need for cybersecurity

The House and the Senate are giving cybersecurity some attention through their respective Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding bills.

Cybersecurity top concern for federal CIOs, CISOs, says TechAmerica survey

Improving cybersecurity emerged as the top priority again for federal chief information officers and chief information security officers, according to an annual survey from industry group TechAmerica.