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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UN report focuses on modern technology to improve peacekeeping missions

United Nations peacekeeping missions are "well behind the curve" when it comes to using technology to establish situational awareness, carry out mandates and protect themselves.

Executive order meant to apply internationally, says Schwartz

The executive order issued by the White House Feb. 13 will enable private sector companies to better share cybersecurity threat information, whether they're domestic or international entities.

White House official pooh-poohs cyber information sharing for the sake of sharing

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel warned against cyber information sharing just for the sake of sharing. It's important that the sharing actually achieves something, he said.

The president's 2016 budget request: Defense Department

The Defense Department requests $5.5 billion for "cyber capabilities enhancements" in fiscal 2016, according to a 29-page budget brief outlining the DoD's budget proposal. That's more than one-third of the $14 billion for cybersecurity governmentwide in the president's fiscal 2016 budget request.

GSA shares how-to guide for agencies responding to cyber vandalism on social media

In light of the Jan. 12 hack of U.S. Central Command's social media accounts, the General Services Administration has issued guidance to agencies for responding to "cyber-hijacking."

Spotlight: Obama urges Congress to act on cyber legislation in SOTU

President Barack Obama urged legislators to act on cybersecurity legislation during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. 

White House rolls out data privacy, cybersecurity proposals before SOTU speech

President Obama will preview several measures to strengthen digital privacy and cybersecurity in a scheduled late morning address Jan.12 at the Federal Trade Commission, before he formally unveils them during his State of the Union speech next week, the White House said.

Coburn issues final critical report on problems facing DHS, homeland security

On his last day in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn issued a critical report on the Homeland Security Department, saying it's doing a substandard job from border security to counterterrorism to cybersecurity.

NIST seeks feedback on cybersecure connected medical devices

Network connected medical devices have the potential to better automate and control healthcare delivery, but they also present new safety and security risks. In response, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking feedback on how it can address the cybersecurity challenges of networked infusion pumps. 

IARPA seeks 'unconventional' methods to detect cyber attacks

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will host a one-day conference Jan. 21 to provide information about an upcoming solicitation to develop the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment, or CAUSE, program.