Paul Battaglia, the vice president of federal sales for Blackberry, said agencies want a single “pane of glass” to monitor the cyber posture of all of their mobile devices from laptops to smartphones to wearables.
Some believe federal networks seem to be in a perpetual state of disruption over the last 20 years. First agencies moved from the mainframe to the client server set-up. As soon as agencies seemed to have gotten this client-server approach down, in comes the managed services, which morphed really into cloud computing and the as-a-service approach to running networks. Now, we are in a third phase, some call it software-defined networking. Others say it’s part of the cloud evolution where the software running the network is really in charge and not the hardware.
Until sometime in the 19th century, people could wander into the White House. An open street ran between it and the Treasury Department into the 20th century.
The internet is getting more complex as more devices come on board, so to speak. The threats to agency and organization’s networks, applications and data also are evolving–the latest example is ransomware.
All of this is leading uncertainty from users and executives about how best to secure the network and data.
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Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it’s so realistic trainees might forget they’re actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.
Big changes continue at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is deep into an investigation into whether Centers for Medicare and Medicaid employees leaked information to stock traders. At the same time, the agency is dealing with an uptick in its caseload over the last year to nearly 700 enforcement actions. Some experts say the numbers represent only a partial success because the SEC hasn’t launched many blockbuster investigations. Andrew Ceresney, director of enforcement at the SEC, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explained the agency’s priorities.
Quite a number of insider threat incidents have happened because basic security principles were absent, overlooked or ignored. Why Jim Henderson says it’s time we get back to the basics.
Terrorists in the Middle East are using weapons, supplies, and even new technology made in the United States in their attacks on Iraqi cities and elsewhere. David Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners and a writer for the Security Debrief blog. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose, they’re even using a brand new drug the Food and Drug Administration just approved for military use in April, and it’s calling into question the security of the military supply chain.