Sylvia Burns, the Interior Department’s chief information officer, said her team responded aggressively over the last 18 months to improve the agency’s cybersecurity posture, including using two-factor authentication for computer access.
The Office of Personnel Management lacks authorizations for 18 of its major security systems, the agency's inspector general said in a new report. The IG attributed many of OPM's IT security problems with a poor governance structure and shorthanded staff. OPM said it's recently made a few new hires and will have 24 information system security officers soon.
Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy chief information officer, called it a career on Nov. 9 after more than 30 years in government.
The Office of Personnel Management and its contractor, Winvale/CSID, can't agree on just how many people need to re-enroll with a new vendor to keep credit monitoring and identity protection services, and they haven't yet finalized a plan to smoothly transition those victims to the new service provider, ID Experts.
The Office of Personnel Management said it's notifying about 100,000 to 150,000 cyber breach victims enrolled in credit monitoring services with Winvale/CSID that their coverage will soon expire.
Charlie Phalen has spent four decades in the personnel security business, most recently at Northrop Grumman, and before that, in top security positions at the CIA and FBI.
The Defense Department issued a RFI to industry outlining 12 functional areas it wants to upgrade using government-owned and commercial technologies.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says agencies need to shift in a post-OPM data breach world to a new cybersecurity model.
The Office of Personnel Management is expected to launch the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) on Oct. 1 with eight new functions.
Agencies will know later this month how much more they will have to pay for security clearances to the National Background Investigations Bureau. The NBIB will meet initial operating capability on Oct. 1 and begin processing all security clearance cases.
The National Security Agency's approach to 21st century threats comes with six new directives and a new look for part of its two-pronged mission.
The Defense Department says it's seeing a noticeable cybersecurity culture change from its service commanders. Under DoD's Cybersecurity Implementation Discipline Plan, service leaders meet weekly with the department's CIO to discuss their performance on 10 basic cyber measures.
Dave DeVries, currently DoD’s principal deputy CIO, will help OPM transition to the new National Background Investigation Bureau.
House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote letters to both the Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget about their agencies' responses to a series of cyber breaches within the past year. Specifically, Lamar questioned whether foreign nationals and contractors had access to major IT systems and role they play in securing them.