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  • Cybersecurity
    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. 03/30/2016

  • Oversight
    Shutterstock image: black data center with white floors and ceiling.

    IG: DOD behind on data centers

    Consolidating data centers to save money has been a signature initiative of Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen, but the DOD inspector general says the department is lagging. 03/30/2016

  • Data
    Shutterstock image: digital charts and graphs.

    Crowdsourcing the price of everything

    To break away from manual price data collection and get a more granular, useful picture of the American economy, the BLS might look to tech being deployed in the developing world. 03/30/2016

  • Defense
    Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

    DOD's Work: Automated data can help beat ISIS

    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work recently returned from Silicon Valley, where he met with an analytics firm that can ingest open-source data and turn it into national security insights. 03/30/2016

  • Congress
    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. 03/30/2016

  • Cloud
    Cloud computing icon

    Agency IT managers welcome FedRAMP changes

    Top federal IT managers and cloud management experts say recent changes to the FedRAMP program could make life easier. 03/30/2016

  • Acquisition

    OMB gives mobile the category management treatment

    The draft policy, the third in a set of category management directives, directs agencies to report all mobile service use and pricing data to a central system. 03/29/2016

  • Ethics
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    CIOs: don't take the free movie tickets

    Ethics violations could await agency leaders who see the movie on a vendor's dime. 03/29/2016

  • Data transparency
    Shutterstock image: data analytics concept, blue.

    SEC raises the ante on data transparency

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking to machine readable data to conduct risk assessment. 03/29/2016

  • Open Data
    data abstract

    The long war for data standards

    Getting the right underpinning governance isn't glamorous, but proponents say hashing out dry details will help unleash data's true potential. 03/29/2016

  • David Medine, retiring chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

    Intel privacy board chief resigns

    David Medine, chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, submitted his resignation to the White House on March 29. 03/29/2016

  • Cybersecurity

    Dunford: U.S. has work to do in cyber deterrence

    Improvements in identifying hackers, hardening networks and devices, and managing escalation are needed if the U.S. military is to hone its cyber deterrence, said Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 03/29/2016

  • Defense
    Wikimedia image: Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter holds a press conference with local media at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on March 18, 2013.

    Defense chief's email reveals management style, private-sector outreach

    The Defense Department has released 1,336 pages of messages and attachments associated with Secretary Ash Carter's personal email account, some of which shed light on his management style and private-sector outreach. 03/29/2016

  • Oversight
    screen capture of 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. 03/28/2016

  • Cloud
    cloud security

    DOD updates cloud requirements guide

    This is the second iteration of the SRG, which provides security requirements for DOD missions up to the secret level as they adopt commercial cloud services. 03/28/2016

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