• Tales from GAO’s open recommendations: CyberStat overhaul, bridge contract guidance paused

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Defense Department for more details about its plans to continue to provide a technology and cyber leadership program after the Pentagon ended its 30-year-old CIO development curriculum.

  • Senate committee details cyber deficiencies at 8 agencies, but is that the whole story?

    The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations’ report on the cybersecurity at eight agencies highlights systemic problems over the last decade and offers several recommendations.

  • Post-OPM hack efforts to close cyber gaps paid off in 2016

    The Office of Management and Budget’s fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows more agencies have stronger cyber defenses in place.

  • How an OMB team bolstered governmentwide cyber efforts over the last 5 years

    Trevor Rudolph, the chief of business operations and cybersecurity for Whitehawk and a former chief of OMB’s cyber and national security team, said during his five years on the job he has seen a marked improvement in how agencies are securing their data and systems.

  • 12 stats that tell you about the State of Federal IT

    Before leaving the Obama administration, Tony Scott, the federal CIO, released a report for the next administration to better understand the past, current and potential future of technology in agencies.

  • GSA, DHS make $102M cyber award to kick off busy 2017

    The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department awarded CGI Federal a task order for the Credentials and Authentication Management (CRED) under phase 2 of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.

  • OPM’s archaic IT infrastructure opened door for massive data breach

    Office of Personnel Management officials told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers that they didn’t encrypt employee Social Security numbers because its systems couldn’t handle the new technologies. Lawmakers pointed to previous breaches of contractors as a highly-probable way hackers got into OPM’s system this time around.

  • Schmidt leaving government in a much different cyber place

    In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, White House Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt said a majority of the senior leaders in government understand the importance of securing agency, contractor and critical infrastructure systems. He said among his office’s biggest accomplishments is moving the day-to-day cyber authority of federal civilian networks to DHS. Michael Daniel will replace Schmidt, whose last day is in early June.

  • White House grading agency cyber progress

    Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.

  • Agencies still struggling to encrypt mobile devices

    Despite a 2006 mandate to secure mobile devices and implement two-factor authentication, only just over half of federal agencies have managed to do so. OMB submits its annual FISMA report to Congress detailing the steps the government has taken to improve cybersecurity, including spending $12 billion on cybersecurity last year.