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News articles related to cybersecurity

CISO Council Co-Chair, Steven Hernandez, reflects on FY19

By: Steven Hernandez, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Education | 31 Oct 2019

Reflecting on the Past Looking back over this last year is a moment of pride and accomplishment for the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) Council. When I joined the council as co-chair last October, I remember there was a tremendous amount of ideas, positions and new faces in the CISO...

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Securing Small Agencies with Big Missions

By: Patrick Bevill, Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board | 25 Oct 2019

Cyber Security Skills at a Small Agency During my first month working as an IT Security Specialist in a small Federal agency, we experienced a cyber incident. As our response unfolded, I found myself playing a full cast of characters, a much broader role than the job title alone might...

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kicks Off

By: Grant Schneider, Federal Chief Information Security Officer | 04 Oct 2019

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we recognize that malicious cyber actors seek to compromise federal information systems and data in order to steal information the government holds on behalf of and about the American people. While the number of cybersecurity incidents at Federal agencies decreased by 12% in FY 2018,...

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Administration Announces First Federal Cyber Reskilling Pilot Program

By: CIO Council Operations | 30 Nov 2018

Washington - Today, the Office of Management and Budget, the CIO Council and the Department of Education announced the first Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy (FCRA) pilot program. This program offers Federal employees the opportunity for hands-on training in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing fields in the country. This reskilling...

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2018

By: CIO Council Operations | 01 Oct 2018

Americans are spending more time online than ever before. As more people use the Internet for online shopping, banking, financial management, and socializing, they also expose themselves to increased cyber risks. Online threats and cyber-attacks threaten the future of our national and economic security. Because cybersecurity is important to our...

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Presidential Proclamation on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2018

By: CIO Council Operations | 28 Sep 2018

This proclamation was first posted on White on September 28th, 2018. During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we acknowledge the danger that cyber threats pose to our economy and public infrastructure, and raise awareness about steps we can take to mitigate and prevent future attacks. As these threats have continued...

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Introducing a New, Informative Resource for Security Professionals

By: CIO Council Operations | 26 Jun 2018

One of the key pillars of the President’s Management Agenda is to Modernize IT to Improve Productivity and Security. A central pillar of the Administration’s IT Modernization strategy is to improve the skills, leadership abilities, and overall pipeline of talent in the Federal government to address our growing cybersecurity threats....

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Automatic HTTPS Enforcement for New Executive Branch .Gov Domains

By: Marina Fox and Eric Mill | 19 Jan 2017

HTTPS is a necessary baseline for security on the modern web. Non-secure HTTP connections lack integrity protection, and can be used to attack citizens, foreign nationals, and government staff. HTTPS provides increased confidentiality, authenticity, and integrity that mitigate these attacks. In June 2015, the White House required all new federal...

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How to Snag Talent to Fill Critical Cybersecurity Positions at Your Agency

By: Angela Bailey, Chief Human Capital Officer, DHS | 21 Nov 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently held a highly successful cybersecurity hiring event and I want to share some of the lessons we learned in hopes that others might be inspired to try it for their agencies. The most important lesson learned from our experience is the value of...

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My Priorities as the First U.S. Chief Information Security Officer

By: Gen. Greg Touhill | 16 Nov 2016

As the first U.S. Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), I am honored to be a part of a dynamic community across government working to improve our country’s cybersecurity posture. Throughout my career in military and federal service, and a few stints in the private industry, one of the most important...

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Announcing the First Federal Chief Information Security Officer

By: Tony Scott | 08 Sep 2016

In February, President Obama announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that takes a series of short-term and long-term actions to improve our cybersecurity posture within the Federal Government and across the country. The CNAP builds upon a comprehensive series of actions over the last nearly eight years that have...

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New Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy Released

By: CIO Council Operations | 18 Jul 2016

On Tuesday, July 12th OMB and OPM published the first ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy, which is now available on the The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy details a series of near-term actions to identify, expand, recruit, develop, retain, and sustain a capable and competent workforce in key functional areas...

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The President's National Cybersecurity Plan - What You Need to Know

By: Michael Daniel, Tony Scott, and Ed Felten | 09 Feb 2016

This blog entry was originally published on the White House blog. Here are a few answers to questions you might have about the President’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan. “I’m confident we can unleash the full potential of American innovation, and ensure our prosperity and security online for the generations...

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Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity

By: Tony Scott | 30 Oct 2015

Strengthening the cybersecurity of Federal networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation. Every day, public and private sector leaders – my team included – are directing significant resources to address this ever-growing problem. Yet as cyber threats increase in severity, so...

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Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity for the 21st Century

By: Tony Scott | 03 Aug 2015

From the beginning of the Administration, the President has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation. It is also an ever-growing and constantly changing challenge. For years, whenever I’ve spoken with private and public sector leaders, I’ve regularly asked them...

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