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Terry Halvorsen

DOD looks to Silicon Valley to automate cyber response

Boosting automated capabilities would make more IT personnel available for other critical jobs, says CIO Terry Halvorsen.

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Finding the malware needle in the DNS haystack

HP’s new security tool leapfrogs the Homeland Security Department’s malware detection techniques by diving straight into the lifeblood of the Internet: DNS traffic.


Senate panel mulls update to email access rules

Congress is revisiting a 29-year old law that has been swamped by changes in technology.

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What the military learned from OPM

Civilian agencies have been publicly scouring the OPM breach for lessons, but military cyber leaders are also getting in on the act.

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Adopting new tech can lead to sleepovers

FCC CIO David Bray compared his agency's move to the commercial cloud as akin to Apollo 13 – "everything was cool – at first."

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New CIO plans long-overdue upgrades at Library of Congress

A March GAO report called out five key weaknesses in Library IT, and Bernard A. Barton Jr. hopes to address all of them.

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What are agencies doing with IT money they're saving?

GAO says 24 federal agencies saved $3.6 billion between fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2014, and need to keep better track of how they reinvest those savings.

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More HealthCare.gov problems, new VP at ITI and Census' startup app

News and notes from around the federal IT community.


Can feds dodge the Cisco router hack?

Cisco's commercial routers have been compromised in four countries, but experts say federal agencies are probably in no more danger than the private sector.

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The brave new world of cyber insurance

Getting cyber insurance is a "last line of defense" that can also help secure a company before a hack even happens. But the industry needs more information, and Uncle Sam might have a big role to play.

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FAA drone deadline looms as apps bloom

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said its study of FAA exemptions shows "a commercial market waiting to be unleashed."

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How OPM hopes to cultivate cyber talent

A partnership with truED allows feds to take online courses at substantially reduced rates.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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