The White House has selected the head of the intelligence branch in its budget office to be President Barack Obama’s top adviser on cybersecurity issues, a move that comes as Congress and the Obama administration are at odds over how best to protect critical U.S. industries from crippling electronic attacks by cybercriminals, foreign governments and terrorists.
The Defense Department is expanding one pilot program and enhancing another, both of which involve sharing cyber-threat data with cleared defense contractors who work with DOD intellectual property, senior defense officials said yesterday.
Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hackers that has targeted big businesses and governments, could be co-opted by nation states and terrorist groups that want to use it for their own ends, cybersecurity experts said May 17.
The Homeland Security Department expects to obligate more than half of its annual contracting budget in the remaining four and a half months of the current fiscal year, a senior official said on May 15. About $6 billion has been obligated to date in fiscal 2012, and the total obligation by the end of the fiscal year is expected to be about $14 billion, said Kevin Boshears, director of the DHS Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He spoke at an industry conference.
The Homeland Security Department is embracing agile development practices and working on an acquisition strategy for agile projects as well, Chief Information Officer Richard Spires said on May 15. Agile software development is a method in which functionality is developed in a modular, incremental form in a relatively short period of time. It has gained a following in a number of federal agencies in recent years.
Howard Schmidt, who coordinated the Obama Administration’s push for cybersecurity policy and legislation, is stepping down after two-and-a-half years on the job, the Washington Post reports. Michael Daniel, who heads the intelligence branch of the White House budget office, will take over the post when Schmidt departs at the end of May.