Postal Service hack raises new security questions

The Postal Service is still scrambling to process a system breach from two months ago that put the personal information of 800,000 employees at risk, an agency executive told lawmakers Wednesday.

Reporter’s notebook: VA CIO strikes back

The 168 words that Stephen Warren added to his opening remarks just an hour before testifying on Capitol Hill Monday may have only lasted 58 seconds but they succeeded in putting the beleaguered chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs back in control of his relationship with congress.

Patent office holds first cybersecurity partnership meeting

The U.S. patent office held its first cybersecurity partnership meeting with members of the tech community Friday.

Foreign hackers may still have access to VA networks, IG says

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still “actively monitoring” VA networks for traces of foreign hackers that successfully infiltrated its computer systems in 2010, and officials acknowledge that some of those groups may still have access to VA systems through unauthorized user accounts.

VA readies scheduling RFP amid onslaught of security challenges

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release the long-awaited request for proposals next week.

USPS cyber breach: Agency halts teleworking, union files charges with NLRB

Employees of the United States Postal Service started their Monday with news that their personally identifiable information, including their social security numbers, had been potentially compromised in a cyber intrusion to the agency’s network, but now the agency has announced additional efforts in response to the breach and one employee union is on the offensive.

Employee data potentially compromised in USPS systems breach

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said personal information for any current postal employee and any employee who left the agency sometime after May 2012 could be at risk. The network intruder also may have accessed information about customers who contacted the Postal Service call center this year between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16.

Inside the Halvorsen strategy for DOD information sharing

Terry Halvorsen, the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer, wasn’t happy with the Pentagon’s original cloud policy. The department just wasn’t moving fast enough. So Halvorsen has crafted a new strategy that will not only get the military to the cloud faster, but will also improve information sharing and security and save a whole lot of money in the process.

The ‘Triple-A’ approach to improving cybersecurity

A new survey from Ernst & Young found that organizations across a wide swath of industries are still dragging their heels when it comes to preparing for cyber attacks.

What does the White House network breach mean for cybersecurity reform?

As Congress prepares to come back after this week’s elections, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., suggested that the recent White House network breach should inspire a call to action to address some of the cybersecurity legislation pending on Capitol Hill, including the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014.

Is the post-Snowden cloud apocalypse real?

Many predicted Europe would abandon U.S.-based cloud providers in the aftermath of last year’s NSA leaks that revealed a massive Internet surveillance program that tapped into the servers of some of America’s biggest Internet companies. So why are U.S. cloud providers still making money and expanding in Europe?

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates offers sober critique of U.S. cybersecurity posture

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unleashed a scathing assessment Thursday of the U.S. government’s handling of national cybersecurity policy, blaming bureaucratic turf battles and a dysfunctional Congress for the lack of progress on information sharing and critical infrastructure protection.

Rogers downplays NSA moonlighting controversy

The NSA has a new public relations crisis on its hands — senior officials moonlighting for cybersecurity companies and even signals intelligence contractors. But is this trend related to the new NSA director’s desire to “create a more permeable membrane” between the agency and the private sector?

Todd Park subpoenaed again to testify on HealthCare.gov

House Science Committee Republicans want the former federal chief technology officer to answer questions about his role in the launch of HealthCare.gov.

The war on botnets evolves

A carefully orchestrated campaign led by the FBI to dismantle the most damaging botnets on the Internet continues to register notable successes in the effort to put an end to a cybercrime problem that drains $113 billion a year from economies around the world.

FTC hires new CTO with deep links to Snowden documents

The Federal Trade Commission has hired privacy and technology expert Ashkan Soltani to serve as the commission’s chief technology officer.

Point-of-sale crisis: Anatomy of a cyberattack

What’s behind the alarming increase in cyberattacks on point-of-sale systems? The Secret Service and the FBI say it’s pretty simple: POS systems are easy to hack and they hold all the money.

GSA: Information secure despite physical HQ security vulnerabilities

A report from GSA’s Office of Inspector General released last week revealed several physical security concerns related to the agency’s open office space and management of devices and documents, which included stolen items. GSA, however, said the vulnerabilities aren’t putting critical data and other sensitive information at risk as the report might suggest.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

Despite challenges, devices can have good protection against BadUSB

The Technocrat interviews director of product management for Ironkey Mats Nahlinder about a unique defense against the BadUSB malware.

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