• Embrace the ‘power of simple’ to fix federal cyber problems

    Daniel Turissini, chief technology officer and chief information security officer of SolPass LLC, argues the federal government’s current approach to cybersecurity is too focused on analysis, containment and recovery, and not enough on prevention.

  • OMB: Agencies making strides on enhancing cybersecurity

    The Office of Management and Budget revealed that during the 30-day cyber sprint, agencies improved their use of strong authentication for privileged and unprivileged users by 30 percent.

  • Senate cyber bill authorizes EINSTEIN for all agencies

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday to enhance agencies’ ability to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

  • VA cyber gets smarter thanks to DHS’ EINSTEIN program

    Statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs show a significant decline in malware making its way into the department’s networks over the past two months. VA officials credit the government’s approach to “collective” cybersecurity.

  • Four takeaways from OPM cyber hearings

    Three hearings. Nearly seven hours of testimony. Enough frustration to fill the Potomac River. That was Katherine Archuleta’s week. The director of the Office of Personnel Management had a bullseye on her back as House…

  • DHS rushes to complete cyber defense programs for agencies

    DHS says its program to scan federal networks for cyber threats should be mostly finished by the end of this fiscal year, but it still faces obstacles in implementation of EINSTEIN 3, which seeks to stop cyber attacks before they enter federal networks.

  • Red tape delayed federal network fixes to Heartbleed vulnerability by several days

    DHS says it found out about the Heartbleed vulnerability at the same time everyone else did. But unlike most other organizations, it had to wade through layers of legal negotiations before it could help federal agencies fix the cyber vulnerability in their own systems.

  • DHS continuous monitoring program faces legislative, budget challenges

    Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.

  • DHS gears up to unleash Einstein 3 to better secure federal networks

    Brendan Goode, the director of network security deployment in the National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said 15 out of the initial 23 agencies expected to implement Einstein 3 have signed memorandums of agreements with the department. E3A will use both unclassified and classified indicators to understand risks and vulnerabilities of federal networks.

  • House Homeland Security bill denies civilian pay raise

    The White House has threatened to veto a House bill providing funding for the Homeland Security Department, taking issue with many of the bill’s provisions, including a denial of a civilian pay raise. The committee bill also doesn’t include any new funding for the agency’s data-center consolidation efforts or construction for its new headquarters.