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Of Botnets and CISA

Sheldon Whitehouse's amendment to tackle botnets in the Senate cyber bill failed. How much good might the legislation have done?

White House backs CISA's privacy provisions

The Obama administration is defending the privacy protections in a Senate-passed information-sharing bill despite the defeat of a string of privacy-focused amendments.

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OPM's new cyber adviser reports directly to the agency boss

The personnel agency tapped military and industry vet Clifton Triplett to advise on cyber and IT.

Report Card

House panel hands out failing grades for FITARA implementation

Agencies aren't living up to expectations in key areas of IT acquisition reform legislation, according to a congressional report card.

Jeh Johnson

DHS chief says critical vulnerabilities greatly reduced

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson praised agencies' progress on network security, saying nearly 99 percent of identified problems have been fixed since May.

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VA says employment portal for veterans is secure

VA's online Veterans Employment Center is a showcase for the agency's agile development policies, officials say, but some are worried the site is luring cyber criminals.

Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz wants to rein in stingrays, GSA hits OASIS milestone and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

An almanac for advanced persistent threats

A new report catalogs cyber threats and ranks the risk of known attack vectors used by state-sponsored hackers fielded by China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, as well as threats from independent hacker groups from Anonymous to the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Dodging 'fatal errors' for Census 2020 tech

With an agile, iterative testing model, the Census Bureau is hoping to avoid repeating the mobile meltdown of 2010 as it tries to technologically streamline -- and secure -- the 2020 count.

CIA official looks to free 'captive' data

The CIA's new head of digital innovation wants to unsilo the spy agency's data. That problem is so big and complicated that a whole new organization has been created to solve it.

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DISA tees up new round of contracts

Agency officials outlined a range of forthcoming contracts covering everything from enterprise resource planning to cybersecurity analytics at a Nov. 2 industry day.

Cybersecurity research

150 ideas for better cybersecurity in government

An industry/government group has canvassed the federal IT community for suggestions and will provide recommendations to OMB in November.

The Fed 100

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

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