FBI’s Jennifer Sanchez discusses women in tech

Jennifer Sanchez, assistant director for the FBI’s IT customer relationship and management division, talks to FedScoop TV about increasing the number of women in the federal tech workforce.

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.

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.

Tech execs debut #SmartIsBeautiful to encourage women in STEM

Members of the women in technology panel at the 2014 FedTalks Thursday committed to mentoring young women and girls interested in technology.

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.

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.

Comey: FBI fears ‘missing out’ on criminals due to new encryption standards

FBI Director James Comey called for a national conversation about how far tech companies should be allowed to go in applying encryption to their devices, saying law enforcement faces growing and overlapping challenges in accessing data needed to prosecute crimes. During a speech at the Brookings Institution Thursday, Comey said the new forms of encryption being developed for mobile devices, as well as the rapid growth of the devices themselves, make it tough for the FBI to keep up with ways criminals can “go dark.” “With going dark, those of us in law enforcement and public safety have a major fear…

Twitter sues federal government for transparency

Twitter filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging that it censored the microblogging platform’s scope in producing transparency reports on NSA requests to monitor users’ accounts.

Reinventing the FBI: The Comey vision

James B. Comey is only the seventh director in FBI history. And with only a year on the job, he is spearheading a quiet revolution in how the 106 year-old institution recruits, trains, organizes and develops its leadership.

Behind the FBI’s struggles to be an early tech adopter

For Jeremy Wiltz moving to the cloud has been all about trust. But the the deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Information Services branch acknowledges the bureau will never be in the position where it can deploy the latest technologies and worry about working out the kinks later.

FBI nears completion on massive digitization effort

The FBI next month is scheduled to complete the monumental task of digitizing millions of criminal history files, civil records and fingerprint cards, the agency announced Friday.

HP to pay USPS $32.5 million for overcharges

According to a release from the Justice Department, the tech company agreed to pay the Postal Service $32.5 million amid allegations that HP overcharged USPS between 2001 and 2010. HP allegedly failed to comply with pricing terms established in a contract between the two entities.

DOJ office looking for new CIO

The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs is looking for a new chief information officer, according to a job posting on USAJobs.gov.

Cybercom event explores agency roles in cyber incident response

Cybersecurity and incident response are practices engrained in most every 21st century federal agency. But when it comes to a massive cyber attack requiring the aid of multiple, partnering groups, which agency does what? Last week, the U.S. Cyber Command demonstrated a specific framework for how several critical agencies can play complementary roles in the national cyber incident response process.

FBI responds to new virus scam

The latest virus attack making the rounds uses the name of the FBI and encryption technology to extort money from unsuspecting users. -FedScoop

Verizon says feds made nearly 150,000 requests for customer data in first half of 2014

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies made almost 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon during the first half of 2014, according to a report released by the company Tuesday.

IBM dreams of a federal-friendly Watson

Outside of competitive trivia and board games, Watson’s value to society will likely materialize in its ability to produce sought after information from several locales in the time it takes a human to process a thought. And for federal agencies, that means improved services both internally and externally.

Intelligence officials disclose scope of warrantless spying

Days after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its first ever transparency report on data collected by the National Security Agency under section 702 the Foreign Intelligence Security Act, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., published a letter Monday sent to him by ODNI revealing how thousands of Americans may have been the subject of warrantless queries known as “backdoor searches.”

The federal CIO as venture capitalist?

The role of the chief information officer in government is changing rapidly and nobody seems to know with any certainty what the role of the CIO will or should be in the future.

But Deloitte Consulting LLP thinks it knows. In a new report, “Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption,” the company says CIOs should think more like the risk-takers and captains of industry known as venture capitalists.

Senate moves to reform FISMA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took a major step this week toward overhauling the aging Federal Information Security Management Act, lessening agencies’ static reporting requirements and striking a balance between FISMA’s checklist approach and the emerging concept of continuous monitoring.

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