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: 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.

Number of veterans whose personal information was put at risk nearly triples in a month

Between January and February, the number of veterans who had personal information affected by data breaches nearly tripled, according to a new report.

Book questions governments' capabilities as cyber threats persist

The abilities of governments to protect citizens are dwindling as cyber threats increase and jurisdiction over such matters lacks clarity, according to the authors of a new book.

Assume you've been compromised, stresses OPM security director

Federal agencies often approach cybersecurity by addressing each infection and by assuming they have a secure baseline, but they're not being honest about the strength of their security and are continually stuck playing "whack a mole," a government cybersecurity expert says.

NIST announces small business funding for cybersecurity research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Small Business Innovation Research program is offering to fund research projects that address specific challenges in cybersecurity.