State Department employees at the Embassy in Tokyo, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, used private email to conduct official business, according to the department's inspector general.
As the Defense Department contends with greater and more sophisticated cyber attacks, it needs to enhance security from "chip to the cloud" and boost the speed and performance of system defenses, while remaining cost-effective, according to a recent Lexington Institute blog post.
The Defense Department Wednesday initiated two sets of policies to enforce stricter guidelines when dealing with the 10,000 contractors the department trusts with offsite cyber information.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is urging utility companies to change decentralized identity management practices at their facilities to shore up a weak link against online attack.
"We may have created some work for people – especially the IGs and GAO – because [they] now have new numbers to report and new things to do when they go in and look at agencies," said Federal CIO Tony Scott.
The agency said the guide isn't official DoD or DISA policy, a security requirement or technical implementation guidance, but "a collection of best practices discovered during the DoD [Chief Information Officer] Cloud Pilots effort."
Chief information officers are not always engaging records managers in the cybersecurity efforts that are underway at federal agencies and departments, said a top National Archives and Records Administration Official.
Tobias Feakin, senior analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, provides a general framework that outlines what governments should do to develop a proportionate response.
Rapidly emerging web technologies can help law enforcement, court and corrections officers get timely and/or on-demand access to information, track the health levels of offenders and alert them about the whereabouts of individuals, among other benefits.
Thousands of Veterans Affairs Department employees appear to have been using the web-based collaboration tool Yammer since 2008, even though it wasn't approved by the department, potentially exposing some personal and sensitive information.