Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:
- The House of Representatives will begin discussing four cybersecurity bills this week but will not consider the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness (PRECISE) Act of 2011 . More here.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has proposed changes to the Digital Signature Standard, the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186-3. More here.
- Mike Locatis, the current CIO of the Department of Energy, is leaving to be the assistant secretary in charge of cybersecurity within DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. More here.
- Air Force Academy undergraduates defeated their Army, Navy, and Coast Guard counterparts in an annual cyber defense contest run by the National Security Agency. More here.
- Iran claims to have taken secret intelligence from the RQ-170 Sentinel drone that crashed in their airspace. More here.
- According to a survey of federal IT professionals, organized cybercriminals and hacktivists were seen as the greatest threats to government networks. More here.
- The Homeland Security Department‘s National Cyber Security Division reminded federal agencies in it’s annual fiscal guidelines that security controls controls listed in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53 are not mandatory, especially if they interfere with operations. More here.
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced a new standard and three new standard-development initiatives for smart grid communications. More here.