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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An exit interview with Jeremy Grant, NSTIC director and NIST's lead on digital identity

Jeremy Grant left the National Institute of Standards and Technology April 30 after spending the last four years leading an effort to improve digital identity management nationwide. We caught up with Grant to discuss recent developments with NSTIC, the program's biggest accomplishments and some challenges that lie ahead.

Cybersecurity, privacy not mutually exclusive, European data official says

Worldwide collaboration on cybsersecurity is necessary to keep entities safe, but arguments over whether security and privacy are at odds are hampering the effort, an EU official said.

NSF seeks input on cybersecurity strategic plan for federal agencies

The National Science Foundation wants feedback on how the government should focus cybersecurity research and development in order to guide and coordinate federally funded studies.

Survey: Key management a major 'pain point' for organizational data encryption

Uncertainty about where sensitive data lives in an organization's network is the biggest challenge to implementing an organizational data-encryption policy, according to a new Ponemon Institute  report  drawing on interviews with 4,700 business and IT experts around the world.

Retirement accounts at risk, auditors say; TSP board defends cybersecurity

Thrift Savings Plan accounts are vulnerable to hackers because of poor cybersecurity measures at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, sources say.

State Dept. official: New global effort crucial in developing capacity around cyber issues

The idea behind the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise is to help states with limited policy or technical capacity tap the expertise of more technologically sophisticated countries around certain cyber-related issues.

DoD issues sweeping update to cyber strategy (Audio)

The Defense Department unveiled  a new cyber strategy  today that affirms its commitment to more effective deterrence in the cyber domain and the integration of offensive cyber options into combatant command plans. 

OPM strengthened agreements with contractors following last year's cyber breaches, CIO says

The agency has strengthened its contractual clauses and is also making sure all agency contracts have the appropriate clauses in them – that is "clauses that require segregation of data."

DHS chief shares plan for Silicon Valley satellite office, also talks China, NCCIC and encryption

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the department is finalizing plans to open a Silicon Valley satellite office "to serve as another point of contact" in remarks to RSA Conference April 21.

VA contractor accessed 'My HealtheVet' from China from personal computer later left behind

A Veterans Affairs Department contractor teleworking from China for several weeks in 2013 had administrator-level access to the agency's "My HealtheVet" medical record system.