Brendan Goode, the director of the Network Security Deployment division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), is leaving for the private sector. Danny Toler, deputy director of Federal Network Resilience division, will replace him.
The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) is a new initiative from DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s cybersecurity division to test apps for security vulnerabilities before they are installed on agency networks. S&T also sponsored the HOST program to promote the use and security of open source tools.
Chris Cummiskey, the acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, announced he’s leaving government after 24 years on Oct. 31.
A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.
Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.
Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in DHS, said the CDM, Einstein and Enhance Cybersecurity Services programs are on the upswing in terms of impact and number of users. Ozment said there are no delays with CDM, and the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention software covers 25 percent of all federal employees.
The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.
Federal News Radio’s annual chief financial officers survey found dealing with budget reductions and workforce challenges continue to be top priorities. At the National Science Foundation, CFO Martha Rubenstein said her office completed what may be the last modernized financial management system done by the private sector.
The Office of Personnel Management answers federal employees’ questions about phased retirement, diversity, recruitment and training, morale, pay, and more.
Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department’s strategy.