SANS Institute

  • New group strives to clarify, simplify cyber basics for agencies

    The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action, a newly-formed international group of government agencies and private organizations from around the world, today will release an updated baseline of the 20 most important cyber controls. The group wants to become a resource to help agencies implement those security checks. DHS already is developing a solicitation to make it easier for agencies to buy tools and services to implement several of the security checks.

  • Cyber progress fueled by agency brass recognition

    Six years after the Veterans Affairs data breach, civilian agency networks and computers are more secure. Current and former federal officials and cyber experts say from secretaries on down, the threat of a cyber attack and the impact on mission is well understood.

  • DoD building cyber workforce of the future

    Military’s cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

  • In Depth interviews – August 28

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • DHS hones dynamic approach to securing agency computer networks

    Homeland Security releases policy and guidance on how departments and vendors will implement continuous monitoring and get away from static reports on the cyber health of their systems. DHS is hoping Congress approves a $200 million funding request to buy five different commercial cyber tools, a dashboard and a security data warehouse in 2013.

  • Federal News Countdown: Cyber czar resignation, agile IT

    Alan Paller, the director of research at the SANS Institute, and Larry Allen, of Allen Federal Business Partners, count down the top federal news stories of the week.

  • Analysis: Schmidt tenure as cyber czar a mixed bag

    During his tenure, Schmidt oversaw new, large-scale cyber initiatives, but kept a relatively low profile. Experts debate his mixed legacy — calling it a solid effort with a shortened leash.

  • In Depth – May 1

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • Years after breach, Los Alamos makes cyber progress

    The SANS Institute has awarded Los Alamos the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for cloud computing security. The lab was the victim of a serious security breach in 1999.

  • Online forum seeks cloud computing best practices

    SafeGov.org aims to provide government with a greater understanding of the benefits of cloud computing.