On this week’s episode of Women of Washington, Gigi Schumm welcomed Mischel Kwon of MKACyber, who created her company as a consulting firm to help “improve security operations for enterprises and U.S. federal government agencies.”
The Office of Management and Budget’s fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows more agencies have stronger cyber defenses in place.
The Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center analyzes information to help give other federal, state and local officials a clearer picture of real and potential threats.
Federal CIO Tony Scott said because of the wide-spread use of legacy IT systems, agencies should consider a similar approach to cybersecurity to one that manufacturers use when addressing product defects.
Commentary: Can federal agencies have a second chance? Federal Drive host Tom Temin says serious failures are often rewarded with big budget increases, but reputation is harder to recover.
The Office of Personnel Management revealed Thursday that the personal information of 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised during an April cyber attack on its IT systems.
Chinese hackers broke into OPM computer networks earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to a media report. OPM tells Federal News Radio, “neither OPM nor US-CERT have identified any loss of personally identifiable information.”
U.S. CERT said in an email to organizers the current budgetary environment wouldn’t support the annual cybersecurity conference
In 2011, companies reported 198 cyber incidents to the Homeland Security Department — a nearly 383 percent increase above 2010, according to a June 28 report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Companies reported nine such incidents in 2009., when DHS opened ICE-CERT to help protect private-sector operators critical infrastructure from “emerging” cyber threats.
Federal agencies running virtualized computer systems might be vulnerable to a new cyber attack. The warning comes from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.