With the defense authorization bill poised for President Obama's signature, Federal News Radio looks at certain provisions that will impact federal workers.
U.S. Cyber Command hopes to increase the defensive posture of its networks by imposing more accountability on commanders. Future scorecards will grade local installations. Those with failing grades may face sanctions.
Responding to cyber penetrations into federal IT systems at the Office of Personnel Management and elsewhere, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday that it was launching a “comprehensive” and governmentwide counterintelligence campaign.
The head of U.S. Cyber Command says he wants to create an effective early warning system for cyberspace. But to do it effectively, he says he needs more voluntary sharing of cyber threat information between the federal government and commercial companies.
The commander of US Cyber Command says he wants to create an effective early warning system for cyberspace – potentially ringing alarm bells when foreign adversaries are preparing attacks on government, or even private networks. But to do it, he says he needs more voluntary sharing of cyber threat information between the federal government and commercial companies. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.
The Pentagon’s newest cyber organization is poised to take a key step in its maturation over the next several weeks as it branches out from Fort Meade and into three new branch offices designed to help defend DoD systems in various geographic areas.
The Director of National Intelligence is the first administration official to publicly attribute the OPM breach to China, and says intelligence agencies would have engaged in similar operations if given the opportunity.
The Senate packed a lot into its version of the 2016 Defense authorization bill before final passage Thursday afternoon, and in a notable break from recent history, the full package passed well before the start of the new fiscal year.
The Pentagon\'s newest cybersecurity organization -- Joint Force Headquarters-DoD Information Networks -- is beginning to take over some of the responsibilities that have been handled for the past five years by U.S. Cyber Command. But like any new organization, it\'s still trying to find its footing. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu te3lls In Depth with Francis Rose the new headquarters still isn\'t sure exactly how it will use broad new powers granted to it by the secretary of Defense.
Head of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Mike Rogers, said having stronger offensive cyber capabilities would help prevent future cyber attacks. That's one of his latest messages to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an having a cyber strategy that focuses more on offense, might wind up causing even more cybersecurity problems for federal agencies.
The Pentagon led the way for the rest of the government by implementing two-factor authentication across many of its systems. But plenty of important IT infrastructure still relies on a "reckless" system that depends on passwords alone for authentication.
CENTCOM's Twitter and YouTube accounts are back up and running after Islamic State sympathizers hacked the sites yesterday. The Defense Department says the attack lasted for about 30 minutes. The sites posted threatening messages about American troops and showed pro-Islamic State images. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett is a partner for the cybersecurity practice at Venable. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the cybervandalism means for CENTCOM and national security.
Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee that China, and perhaps other countries, will be able to shut down and damage critical infrastructure in the United States by 2025. Richard Stiennon is executive editor of the Security Current blog and founder of IT Harvest. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said only one part of Rogers' comment seems off the mark.
At Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base earlier this month, U.S. Cyber Command wrapped up its biggest exercise of the year.