Agency News: Department of Commerce


Cybersecurity gets faster with blending of two protocols

The integration of government's Security Content Automation Protocols with TCG's Trusted Network Connect could add automated policy enforcement to scanning and evaluation of security status.

Progress is slow on harmonizing government cybersecurity policies

A task force created to bring security policies and practices for national security and non-national security systems into line with each other as produced an initial set of common standards, but much work remains before the full benefit of the process is realized, according to the GAO.

5 critical steps on the road to IPv6

Connecting with the rest of the world could soon require the use of IPv6, and agencies should begin preparing now to use the new protocols.

What customers want from data recovery companies -- besides their data back

A DriveSavers survey of 636 information technology security and support personnel asks for criteria in vetting a data recovery company that could wind up handling sensitive data.

Can you trust your data recovery vendor?

Pressed for time and money, agencies are often lax about vetting third-party data recovery companies. New NIST guidance seeks to correct the problem.

As smart grid approaches, security concerns follow

The new guidelines for securing an intelligent power distribution network released build on a security framework released in January and are the product of a 450-member public-private working group headed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Need to deploy DNSSEC? NIST publishes its how-to

NIST has updated guidelines for securing the Domain Name System, including the use of DNSSEC to cryptographically sign zone information to ensure the availability and integrity of DNS data.

Back to school: Meet NIST's leader for national cybersecurity education

Federal Computer Week spoke today with Ernest McDuffie, who is leading the National Institute of Standards and Technology's coordination of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Census came in $1.6B under budget, Locke says

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today said there was a 22 percent savings in this year's budget for the 2010 U.S. Census.

The rush is on to approve applications for broadband funds

The Agriculture and Commerce departments are rushing to review and approve $4.2 billion in stimulus law funding for broadband by Sept. 30, a report says.

Can the Apple iPad get any workplace respect?

Apple's iPad tablet computer is attracting some interested glances from government

U.S. approach to global cybersecurity falls short, GAO says

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt should take action to deal with problems posed by global cyberspace policy questions, a report says.