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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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.

CSIS gives recommendations for shoring up cybersecurity, while protecting privacy

In response to the increase in cyber threats' frequency and complexity, a new report makes 11 recommendations for shoring up security while protecting privacy through information sharing.

Industry rep: Businesses get stronger liability protection for sharing cyber threat info under CISA

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative said at March 4 congressional hearing that his group favors a controversial Senate proposal that encourages companies to volutarily share cyber threat information with other companies and the federal government while providing them with needed liability protections.

CISOs must first define the risk, cybersecurity analyst tells Congress

To combat continued and growing threats, cybersecurity officials should utilize a two-step process, said a network security firm executive speaking before Congress. "Step one is to define the risk, and step two is to measure progress by combining ways and means to achieve defined ends," said Richard Bejtlich, chief security strategist at FireEye.

Nuclear safety agency does poor job securing its networks, data, says FISMA report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety of the nation's nuclear power plants, is doing a poor job of securing its own networks and data. That was one of the many findings of the latest Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget.

Clapper highlights cyber as top US security concern

As cyber attacks grow more sophisticated and persistent, the United States must be prepared for a cyber event of massive scale, said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper while delivering the Intelligence Community's "Worldwide Threat Assessment" to Congress.