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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GAO: Maritime security plans don't address cyber threats

Maritime security plans at three high-risk U.S. ports do not address how to assess, manage and respond to cybersecurity threats, according to a Government Accountability Office assessment of their policies and plans. While all of the ports had unique security strategies that dealt with physical security, there were very few policies and plans that specifically addressed cybersecurity, finds the June 5  report.

DARPA's 'grand' cybersecurity competition draws more than 30 global teams

Thirty-five teams from around the world are competing in what's billed as a "first-of-its-kind tournament" to develop automated security systems to instantly detect and thwart cyberattacks as soon as they're launched, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  announced  June 3.

Agencies fail to consistently apply cyber response practices

Across the board, major federal agencies are not consistently responding to cyber incidents, such as computer network breaches. About 65 percent of the time agencies aren't completely documenting actions taken in response to detected incidents, concludes the Government Accountability Office.

Gates highlights cybercrime threat not from Iran or Russia, but…France?

While China-based cybercriminals pose the biggest threat to U.S. industry in terms of economic espionage, one of the nation's closest allies isn't far behind, according to Robert Gates, former secretary of the Defense Department. "In terms of the most capable, next to the Chinese, are the French – and they've been doing it a long time,"  said  Gates, during a recent event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations and posted online May 21.

Spotlight: China report highlights U.S. cyber activities

New research out of China says that the United States is the real perpetrator when it comes to cyber espionage.

Schwartz: Cybersecurity framework gaining foothold

The federal cybersecurity framework released earlier this year is helping critical infrastructure sectors that previously lagged catch up to those with more expertise, said Ari Schwartz, a White House cybersecurity official.

Obama administration satisfied with cybersecurity regulations

The Obama administration doesn't need to develop new cybersecurity regulations, a review by the administration has concluded. Voluntary implementation of the cybersecurity framework that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released in February will suffice for now.

DHS official: Heartbleed has had 'minimal' impact on federal government

Due to hard work and improved coordination throughout the federal government, the impact of the Heartbleed bug on the dot-gov domain has been minimal, said Larry Zelvin, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center within the Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate.

Federal IT managers more optimistic about security than implementers

Executives involved in the management and oversight of information technology programs are more optimistic about the state of security than those actually implementing security programs, finds a  new study  from Hanover Research.

Ron Ross dissects NIST's newest guidance – what it means for agencies

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a new draft publication May 13, which aims to help agencies build or acquire IT systems with better security baked in from the start, by outlining best practices and recognized software engineering principals.  FierceGovernmentIT  spoke with Computer Scientist and NIST Fellow Ron Ross May 14, to learn more about the newest draft guidance.