Charlie Phalen has spent four decades in the personnel security business, most recently at Northrop Grumman, and before that, in top security positions at the CIA and FBI.
The Defense Department issued a RFI to industry outlining 12 functional areas it wants to upgrade using government-owned and commercial technologies.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says agencies need to shift in a post-OPM data breach world to a new cybersecurity model.
The Office of Personnel Management is expected to launch the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) on Oct. 1 with eight new functions.
Agencies will know later this month how much more they will have to pay for security clearances to the National Background Investigations Bureau. The NBIB will meet initial operating capability on Oct. 1 and begin processing all security clearance cases.
The National Security Agency’s approach to 21st century threats comes with six new directives and a new look for part of its two-pronged mission.
The Defense Department says it’s seeing a noticeable cybersecurity culture change from its service commanders. Under DoD’s Cybersecurity Implementation Discipline Plan, service leaders meet weekly with the department’s CIO to discuss their performance on 10 basic cyber measures.
Dave DeVries, currently DoD’s principal deputy CIO, will help OPM transition to the new National Background Investigation Bureau.
House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote letters to both the Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget about their agencies’ responses to a series of cyber breaches within the past year. Specifically, Lamar questioned whether foreign nationals and contractors had access to major IT systems and role they play in securing them.
A new Office of Federal Procurement Policy memo and proposed rule by the FAR Council are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to change the way agencies buy products and services.
NSA Director of Information Assurance Curtis Dukes thinks identity theft was the reason for the OPM hacks. But regardless of their purpose, he says the breaches highlight a need for both industry and agencies to get up to speed to defend against smarter and more sophisticated enemies.
DHS leaders say the public and private sector now more than ever need to work together to protect the country’s critical infrastructure and cyber systems.
Federal contractors say there is room for improvement when it comes to protecting itself and working with government in a post-OPM breach environment. That includes modernizing the bidding process, sharing more information and being ready to adapt to an ever-changing threat.
An exclusive Federal News Radio survey found that about 45 percent of public and private sector employees disagreed with the notion that their office or agency was better prepared to protect against future data breaches. Only about 25 percent of respondents said they were confident their workplace understood cyber risks.
The Office of Personnel Management experienced some of the biggest changes in the year since hackers stole the data of 22 million current and former federal employees. The cyber attack helped put in motion some of the biggest cybersecurity improvements in the last decade.