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.
The Office of Personnel Management posted a job announcement June 1 for a new chief information officer.
A third report in a year suggests OPM continues to struggle to develop a credible business case and now will have trouble paying for the network and security upgrades.
The Office of Personnel Management’s cybersecurity breach stands as a kind of watershed. But results from a survey by ISC(2) and KPMG show the lessons may not have penetrated the ranks of federal security chiefs. Dan Waddell, managing director for North America with ISC(2) and Tony Hubbard, a principal with KPMG, share more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
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The Navy said it wants to look outside the box for new solutions to its challenges with cybersecurity and embedded platform systems. Navy Deputy CIO Janice Haith said the service will launch a contest later this month to solicit ideas from its own workforce on getting rid of or modernizing outdated, tactical systems.
The Office of Personnel Management terminated its contract with Imperatis on May 9 after the small business alerted the agency it had financial trouble and would be ceasing operations immediately.
Federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service are finding that they must balance an increase in the amount of data they have to secure while providing safe access when that information is needed.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a second draft of Special Publication 800-160, a guidebook for agencies to build cybersecurity processes into their day to day operations.
Cybersecurity experts say the government needs to address gaps in its IT systems and workforce to strengthen its defenses against data breaches, threats that are now a part of everyday federal operations.