Acquisition

Lack of clearance reciprocity costs millions, survey shows

Contractors say they could fulfill their duties more efficiently and save the government money if security clearances were accepted more broadly.

Cybersecurity

USAJobs clears security hurdle

The federal job site gets the green light on cybersecurity.

IT Modernization

Was the EPA data breach a failure of cybersecurity 101?

A malicious e-mail attachment broke through security at the EPA, exposing private information of 8,000 people. Are other agencies any more secure?

Cybersecurity

Bipartisan cybersecurity bill fails on the Senate floor

A Republican filibuster prevented the Senate from voting on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 -- which might have also included data center consolidation measures -- greatly dimming hopes for legislation this year.

Workforce

Current laws miss key points in protecting data

GAO says advancing technology has rendered many privacy rules inadequate and outdated, creating new risks.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers to consider new compromise cybersecurity bill before defense budget

A new version of the bipartisan Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is expected to be considered ahead of the Senate defense authorization bill, drawing the ire of one powerful senator.

Cybersecurity

Obama presses Congress on cybersecurity bill

President Obama took to the Wall Street Journal to urge the Senate to pass a cybersecurity bill.

Lieberman re-introduces cybersecurity bill

Revised cybersecurity bill emphasizes sharing of threat information, monitoring and offers more carrots than sticks, GCN reports.

IT Modernization

A month into FedRAMP, GSA marks progress

A month into FedRAMP's launch, challenges have been overcome and progress has been made, one GSA official said.

Cybersecurity bill nears Senate vote

A bi-partisian cybersecurity bill could be voted on soon, but its sponsors are working to change some sections first.

Cybersecurity

NSA director warns of cyber threats

Gen. Keith Alexander cites need for access to information to thwart attacks.

People

Remembering government IT giants

Columnist Alan Balutis reflects on the important contributions that the late Lynn McNulty and Mark Zelinger made to the federal IT community.

Cybersecurity

Cyber warfare: New battlefield, new rules

The old rules of war don’t apply in cyberspace, so the federal government is writing a new book for the new age of combat.

Defining war

The nature of war and aggression has changed rather dramatically over the years, and governments are trying to define when and how to use sophisticated new cyber tools.

Cybersecurity

Cyber incident reports skyrocket over three-year period

Cyber incidents reported by critical infrastructure managers jumped by more than 2,000 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity

NIST's new cyber center ready for public-private insight

A collaborative new effort will work to develop cybersecurity solutions and spur job creation.

Cybersecurity

DHS struggles with mobile device management

IG finds the agency's biggest challenge is ensuring the security of portable devices and information stored on them.

Cybersecurity

Government at high risk of economic espionage

With cyber theft and other crime on the rise, agencies must get aggressive in defense, according to the GAO.

DHS tries to demystify continuous monitoring

Policy attempts to clarify the continuous monitoring concept, part of an effort to improve FISMA.

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