Policy


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Sequestration, shutdowns or increased spending? Anything is possible in 2017

More standoffs are likely, experts warn, and the only certainty is that the regular rules are unlikely to apply.

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How to define cyber-enabled economic warfare

The U.S. and the international community have yet to agree to standard definitions of cyber attacks and cyber-enabled economic warfare, and that's hindering effective policy responses to attacks, according to a new report.

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The proper perspectives on defending against insider threats

The National Industrial Security Policy Operating Manual is a solid start, but agencies and contractors can't approach this as a compliance exercise.

Tech firms, privacy groups slam DHS password collection plan

A combination of tech companies and civil liberties groups oppose DHS Secretary John Kelly's suggestion that border officials could collect social media passwords as a condition for entry.

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States balk at election system move by DHS

A group of state officials formally opposed the DHS critical infrastructure designation for election systems and want it rescinded.

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Why the private sector shouldn't rely on feds for cybersecurity

Despite cybersecurity policy advances, former DHS officials say the private sector should not expect much help from the government with hacks and breaches.

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DHS chief takes first steps to building a border wall

DHS picks sites in Arizona, California and Texas to begin building a planned border wall, and also moves to hire thousands of new border agents.

The future is mobile

How to balance cybersecurity threats and demographic trends in the federal workforce.

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How health IT hints at the future of innovation for DOD

The current effort to integrate DOD systems with the Cerner electronic health record represents a new direction in Pentagon IT culture and practice, according to CIO Terry Halvorsen.

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Prime time for the Data Act?

Some early signs suggest that the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act could become a policy priority in the Trump administration.

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No pause in DOD innovation programs

DOD innovation programs are pushing ahead and industry show no signs of hesitation despite uncertainty around key leadership positions in the Pentagon.

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Security in the cloud

SaaS applications are changing the way agencies work - but new security approaches are needed when you no longer have a perimeter to protect.