"People that operate in this space know that you can't do those in isolation," Williams told an industry audience during a Feb. 22 AFCEA DC cybersecurity conference held in Washington, D.C. "You can't clearly define what is defense and what is offense."
The Homeland Security Department announced Thursday creation of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, a website containing information about cybersecurity careers, education, and training information. NICCS is meant to be "a comprehensive, single resource to address the nation's cybersecurity knowledge needs," DHS said in a news release .
Access controls, designed to regulate who or what can access the Census Bureau's systems, are a major problem according to the GAO. Specifically, auditors find that the bureau does not adequately control connectivity to key network devices and servers, identify and authenticate users, or limit user access rights and permissions to only those necessary to perform official duties.
The White House released Wednesday a multi-pronged strategy to combat theft of U.S. trade secrets, but cautioned against treating the problem as one solely of cybersecurity. "These are understandably related issues, but separate," said White House spokesman Jay Carney shortly before the formal unveiling of the strategy (.pdf).
Critical and high-risk weaknesses exist in the national security systems and applications of Los Alamos National Laboratory says the Energy Department's office of inspector general.
Facing growing cyber threats to the nation's computer systems and critical infrastructure, federal agencies need a comprehensive national strategy that better defines roles, responsibilities and can be more effectively implemented, says a Feb. 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
China's economic cyber espionage is growing exponentially in volume as is the damage it does to America's economic future, according to a Feb. 14 House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on cyber threats to the United States.
Cybersecurity firm Mandiant says in a Feb. 19 report it's traced the source of some advanced persistent threats to a Chinese military unit located in an office building in metro Shanghai. The Alexandria, Va.-based company says in the report (.pdf) that it observed the organization, most commonly known as Unit 61398, compromise 141 companies across 20 major industries since 2006.
The Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs Directorate and the National Institute of Standards and Technology say they'll work together more closely on cybersecurity issues following a memorandum of agreement the two agencies signed earlier this month.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act ( H.R. 624 ) would create a mechanism for the private sector to share with the federal government cyber threat information--the Homeland Security Department, or another federal agency. Critics such as the Center for Democracy and Technology say the bill language creates an avenue for information on American Internet users to go to the intelligence community, a criticism CDT President Leslie Harris reiterated soon after the bill's reintroduction.