Budget shortfalls driving CIOs priorities, Tweeting from the NSAs parking lot

October 17, 2012
Cyber Security
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Here’s today’s top cyber news and stories.

  •  Rob Carey, deputy DoD CIO, said on Tuesday – “Security is a game of risk management. If you have that sorted out, then you should be able to derive some savings because you’ve virtualized your computing environment and hopefully you’ve standardized it because we don’t want to go from our 1,500 data centers to 1,500 clouds. We need to get to a place where there is a consistent computing infrastructure, which will enable a cloud inside dot-mil to be accessible to our workforce wherever they are and with whatever device they have.” The DoD needs a cloud infrastructure, but with thousands of independent networks, it will be hard to make it work. Via Federal News Radio, more here.
  • Maltego, an open-source intelligence platform is showing a huge Twitter footprint – Maltego is an open source capability that searches social networks and from these searches, targeted a large number of tweets originating from the NSA’s parking lot. Not only is this capability pretty amazing, but it also brings up the needs of our security folks to pay better attention to their cyber footprints when not at work.
  • The (ISC)2 announced the recipients of the 2012 US Government Information Security Leadership Awards – these yearly awards were earned by the FAA, The DoD’s Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Adaptive Red Team, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, US Air Force’s Military Satellite Communications and the US Army Reserve’s Information Operations Command. Via, more here.
  • FBI looking to gamification to teach cyber safety – The FBI has launched FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) which uses games to educate students and teachers. This is aimed at 3rd to 8th grade students and gives them different tasks to teach cyber security. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • OIG finds 85% of VA encryption licenses are dormant – The October 11 OIG report states that the VA has only installed and activated 65,000 Guardian Edge encryption licenses since the 2006 data breech. This is pretty ridiculous. Via FierceGovernment IT, more here.

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