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Cyberattack, financial services

DHS: Over 300 incidents of ransomware on federal networks since June

Two prominent senators had asked the departments of Justice and Homeland Security about the spread of ransomware, which encrypts a computer user’s data until hackers are paid off, usually in the form of a difficult-to-trace crypto-currency.

U.S. Capitol at Night

White House pushes Congress to pass $3.1B IT modernization fund

The White House is preparing to send Congress more details on its plan for a revolving $3.1 billion IT modernization fund after the House Budget Committee failed to include the measure in the 2017 budget resolution.

screen capture of HealthCare.gov site

GAO calls for improved security for HealthCare.Gov

The nonpartisan Capitol Hill watchdog greeted the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a bracing dose of oversight about the security weaknesses of HealthCare.Gov.

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Weak controls leave taxpayer data vulnerable

From patching to passwords, the Government Accountability Office is troubled by persistent shortcomings with the data security posture at IRS.

U.S. Capitol Dome - Photo by the Architect of the Capitol

Mixed prospects for encryption bills on Capitol Hill

A senior Senate staffer says that Congress is unlikely to move on significant legislation to mandate law enforcement access to encrypted communications.

Presidential cybersecurity commission gets a director

A private-sector security evangelist will be writing the cyber report President Barack Obama requested by the end of the year.

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F-35 software fixes on the way, program officer tells Congress

A senior defense official told lawmakers that a fix for a software glitch with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet will be tested next week, but delays arising from problems are inevitable.

Karen DeSalvo

Do health IT and privacy rules need a refresh?

There are gaps in laws covering health data privacy, accessibility and security, but some lawmakers worry new regulations will create even greater problems.

Capitol dome under renovation, July 22, 2015

Lawmakers launch encryption working group

House members are forming a bipartisan working group to focus on legislative issues around encryption.

Terry Halvorsen

Halvorsen not satisfied with data center savings

DOD is "taking steps to aggressively drive more savings" than the projected $1.8 billion through fiscal 2018, DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen told lawmakers March 22.

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