Cybersecurity

  • Navy taking new steps to help commanders understand cyber risks

    Saying it doesn’t have unlimited resources to fix all of its cyber vulnerabilities, the Navy is looking to prioritize, including through a pilot program to help commanders understand which cyber problems are the biggest threats to their missions.

  • NCCIC uses automation technology to flip the script on hackers

    The Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is using new automation technologies to flip the script on script kiddies and black-hat hackers by getting proactive about cyber defense.

  • Erosion of public trust biggest long-term impact of OPM breaches, experts say

    Current and former counterintelligence officials say there is no known evidence so far that a victim of the Office of Personnel Management’s cyber breaches has been specifically targeted. Instead, the public’s loss of trust in OPM and government as a whole has been the biggest damage done after the breaches.

  • Bill Zielinski: Agencies now have easier time buying cyber products

    To make it easier to buy cybersecurity products, the General Services Administration has been making adjustments to contracts on its Multiple Awards Schedule 70. Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for IT category management in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, provides Federal Drive with Tom Temin with all the details.

  • White House tech leaders conduct listen, learn with federal CIOs

    Multiple sources say Chris Liddell, the assistant to the president for strategic initiatives, and Matt Lira, the special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, brought in CIOs one after another to get a handle on priorities, challenges and opportunities in each agency and governmentwide.

  • The culture of innovation

    This week on Federal Tech Talk, LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly joins host John Gilroy to discuss innovation in the federal government and how his company is helping agencies solve complex IT problems. April 11,2017

  • IRS notifying 100,000 financial aid applicants they might be tax ID victims

    The IRS says a “convenience app” on the Education Department’s student loan online application is being used to steal identities and file tax returns. The tax agency is working to notify potential victims and has flagged the accounts to protect against future ID theft attempts.

  • IRS needs to ‘be efficient,’ but budget cuts threaten customer service, cybersecurity

    The Internal Revenue Service continues to think of ways to modernize its IT systems and navigate the dangerous waters of identity theft and refund scams, —, even as the agency is being asked for a seventh year to tighten its belt.

  • Confronting terrorism & cyber attacks

    What is the federal government doing to combat terrorism and cyber threats? Find out this week on Fed Access when host Derrick Dortch speaks with Fred Burton, chief security officer at Stratfor. April 14, 2017

  • OMB planning new agency guidance for measuring and budgeting IT investments

    The Office of Management and Budget is developing a new IT capital planning policy that would help agencies measure, manage and budget IT investments. Training is another key component of OMB’s strategy during the transition year, as it also will help agencies overcome cybersecurity recruitment and procurement challenges.

  • Tech Trends 2017

    Scott Buchholz, chief technology officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Federal Government practice, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the company’s 2017 report on technology trends and their impact on federal government operations. April 4, 2017

  • Sen. Mike Rounds: Bill aims to increase DoD cyber training

    Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, introduced the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act, which would help increase the number of people in the armed services trained in cybersecurity. Rounds fills in the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • How NIST can help close the cyber gap between CIOs and auditors

    In the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, Congress told NIST to take a deep dive into how agencies understand and use the special publications and Federal Information Processing Standards for cybersecurity that it produces.

  • Fiscal 2016 a ‘turnaround’ year for IRS

    Last year the Internal Revenue Service showed improved telephone customer service, and close to 300 million visits to the Where’s My Refund? site. Agency leadership and advocates say those are just two examples of why the tax agency needs full funding in FY2018.

  • EPA personnel cuts aren’t only cost-saving ideas Trump has in mind for 2018 budget

    A 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget in fiscal 2018 would force EPA to cut nearly 4,000 full time equivalent employees, begin cost-saving IT modernization projects and reduce the agency’s physical footprint. New budget documents describe funding levels and policy decisions at EPA that would support the President’s 2018 budget request.