Obama’s cyber bill faces tough questions from experts

The White House unveiled a detailed legislative plan Tuesday that would give private sector companies liability protection in return for sharing technical cyber threat data with the federal government in an effort to prevent future cyberattacks like the one that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment. But cybersecurity practitioners are warning that the strategy may lack the detailed planning necessary to make it work.

Privacy experts laud Obama’s bid to safeguard student data

Obama’s consumer protection proposal included a measure to protect personal student data so technology companies can’t advertise products to kids.

CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by group claiming to be ISIS

Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State hacked the official Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command Monday, posting official personnel roster information, pro-ISIS videos and even presentation slides that appear to be related to military contingency plans for China and North Korea.

Obama announces data privacy safeguards for consumers, students

President Barack Obama announced several measures Monday aimed at protecting Americans’ data in the wake of stolen data and hacked computer systems that have made headlines in the past year.

CISPA revived in wake of Sony hack

CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill, was reintroduced in the House of Representatives Friday in the wake of last month’s hack that crippled Sony.

U.S. broadband is getting faster, but still falls outside top 10 globally

The U.S. continues to fall outside of the top 10 countries with the fastest average broadband speeds, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report.

DISA looking for novel approach to endpoint security

According to an RFI posted earlier this year, DISA is looking for a way to improve the security on its nearly 4 million endpoints.

Postmaster general takes down Congress, unions in farewell remarks

With less than a month left in his term as postmaster general, Patrick Donahoe slammed Congress, the mailing industry and postal workers unions in a farewell speech Tuesday at the National Press Club.

Cummings queries KeyPoint on December background check breach

After a December data breach of contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. that may have compromised the personal information of nearly 50,000 federal employees, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is asking for more information on what happened.

Agencies fall short of White House targets for cybersecurity

The White House is seeing an upward trend in new cybersecurity practices governmentwide, but the Obama administration is finding that not all agencies are living up to the cyber standards it set forth in last year’s cross-agency priority goals.

Response to Sony hack reveals limits of U.S. cyber doctrine

While cybersecurity analysts continue to argue about whether North Korea was behind the attack and what it might mean for the prospects of cybersecurity legislation in the new Congress, some national security analysts see the real lesson in the time it took the U.S. to respond to what it has said was a state-sponsored cyber attack that undermined free expression and caused significant financial harm to a major corporation.

Inside the FCC’s risky IT overhaul

The FCC is in the midst of a total IT overhaul designed to replace a wide range of legacy systems have resulted in some very public failures. But can David Bray lead the agency out of its antiquated past?

Heading into 2015, USPS looks to tech to reshape model

After a cyber intrusion compromised the data of 800,000 of its current and former employees earlier this year, the Postal Service has made a number of relatively major infrastructure and account management changes.

Federal IT 2015: What to watch

From the White House to the General Services Administration and the Defense Department, the past year was about planning and building foundations. As a result, 2015 has all the makings of a year of action — with any luck.

New IT subcommittee to debut in 114th Congress

Less than a week after the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act and several cybersecurity-related pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House and Senate to close out the 113th Congress, the head of the next Congress’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a new subcommittee devoted solely to IT.

The Sony hack and its larger implications for cybersecurity

The FBI Friday officially linked the cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment to the government of North Korea. Does this incident hold any meaning for the future of critical infrastructure protection?

Another OPM background check contractor breached

OPM confirmed Thursday afternoon that more than 48,000 federal employees may be at risk after a background check contractor was breached.

ICANN: Phishing attack compromised systems

ICANN said it is investigating a breach of its internal systems that may have compromised several staff members’ credentials.

2014 Year-in-Review: Big names and big stories

SPECIAL REPORT: Fedscoop’s 2014 Year-in-Review. We take a look back at this year’s biggest newsmakers in federal IT and the challenges that government technology professionals faced as they tried to keep pace with the fast-moving world of tech.

We have you covered through the 12 days of federal IT, from acquisition to cloud computing, Congress, cybersecurity, Defense, FAA, FCC, health IT, patent and trademark, Veterans Affairs, the White House and workforce issues.

Cybersecurity 2014: The battle for mindshare

To be a cybersecurity reporter in 2014 was a lot like playing Bill Murray’s character in the movie Groundhog Day — trapped in time, covering the same, predictable news over and over again.

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