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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UPDATED- NSA broadens funding for 4 universities to advance the science of cybersecurity

The National Security Agency is expanding funding for several universities to continue scientific research into cybersecurity. The intelligence agency awarded contracts to North Carolina State University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and recently announced that these three universities along with the University of Maryland would receive additional funding.

Postal Service cloud contracts omit security measures

The 13 cloud computing contracts that the Postal Service awarded in recent years inadequately addressed data security, says the USPS office of inspector general. Contracting officials worried that integrating policies from the agency's handbook on cloud security would drive up the cost of the contracts.

Policies should focus on 'managing,' not 'solving' cybersecurity problems, says NRC

Public policy can help address U.S. cybersecurity, but it should not be viewed as an issue that can be solved through legislation or regulation. Rather, public policy can help improve cybersecurity management, says a new  report  from the National Research Council.

Venture capitalists hearing the cybersecurity gospel from NPPD

"It's amazing to me how little" investors think about cybersecurity in their decisions, said Suzanne Spaulding, head of the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

FBI issues warning, EHRs vulnerable to cyber attack, theft

The FBI is warning healthcare providers that lax cybersecurity standards will leave their computer systems more vulnerable to hackers as the industry transitions to electronic health records.

DOE: Energy sector should pare down IT components, access

The Energy Department developed the document in collaboration with industry. The guidance focuses on protecting the industrial control systems behind energy delivery, rather than information technology more generally.

Most cyber espionage state-affiliated, targets United States

Cyber espionage in 2013 tended to be committed by state-affiliated actors, target the United States, and originate in East Asia or Eastern Europe, says an annual report by security researchers at Verizon.

FedRAMP program office releases transition plan to new controls baseline

Private sector cloud providers with a FedRAMP provisional authorization making them eligible to sell services to federal agencies will have about a year to implement the new minimum set of security controls.

FCC highlights NextGen 911 cybersecurity concerns

As part of a nationwide effort to modernize public safety communications, jurisdictions in many states have begun bringing online emergency services IP networks. However, IP connectivity – which will deliver voice, video, text and data calls to public safety answering points – present a cybersecurity challenge that PSAPs have not previously had to consider.

NIST drops random number generator under suspicion of NSA tampering

A random number generating algorithm under suspicion of National Security Agency tampering will no longer carry government approval. The National Institute of Standards and Technology  announced  Monday it will remove the algorithm in question, the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, from its publication containing pseudorandom generator standards.