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FedCyber is an annual cybersecurity event hosted by Matt Devost & Bob Gourley that brings together several hundred attendees to advance the dialogue on critical enterprise and federal government challenges. The FedCyber web site serves as the community nexus and information aggregator.

FedCyber 2014 Overview

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The FedCyber Wire

Cyberspy attacks targeting Russians traced back to UK and US

“Security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a sophisticated cyberspy network geared towards attacking systems in Russia and neighbouring countries. Cyberespionage efforts against either human rights activists or high-tech Western firms have been going on for a few years. Examples incl [...]

War in the shadows

ON JUNE 1, 2009, emails with the heading ”China and Climate Change” dropped into the inboxes of five US State Department officers. The five officers, working in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, were involved in preparing for delicate bilateral climate change talks in B [...]

Feds Seek Advice To Battle Botnets

Two federal agencies are seeking ideas for creating a code of conduct that private-sector Internet service providers (ISPs) can adopt to protect their customers against botnet attacks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and two Department of Commerce organizations–the National Institute [...]

Not so simple: U.S. spy agency trying to go mobile

Lange, as the NSA’s mobility mission manager, is developing a smartphone that he wants to bring inside the super-secret U.S. spy agency to access classified information and apps while on the move. He wants it to work as easily as any of the smartphones those that are so ubiquitous in the outsi [...]

Low and Slow: The Process of Reforming Government

Barbequing is best done low and slow. Reforming government, on the other hand, is much more like cooking with a Chinese wok — a hot fire, fearless execution, and constant mixing and scrambling ingredients in super-heated oil. If you were asked to make a personal investment in an organization, [...]

The Dark Side

Max Vision was surprised when Chris and Mike, his two contacts from the FBI office in San Francisco, turned up at his front door in Santa Clara, Calif., in October 1998. He didn’t recognize the man with them, although later he learned it was the FBI’s computer-crime boss. But then this w [...]

IT reforms moving to optimization stage

Agencies will begin to hear a different tone from the White House when it comes to reforming the way agencies buy and use information technology. There will be less talk about consolidation and more about optimization. “I think you will see a shift from us describing data center consolidation. [...]

Another OMB good idea stymied by reality

So, things aren’t as straightforward as the Office of Management and Budget would like to believe. This, of course, is a truism, but given the constant stream of over-simplified policy that comes out it like water from the Trevi Fountain, it requires periodic repetition. The latest example com [...]

DHS creates new senior cyber position in NPPD

The Homeland Security Department continues to shift cybersecurity oversight chairs. Suzanne Spaulding is the new deputy undersecretary for the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), according to an email from Rand Beers, DHS under secretary of NPPD, obtained by Feder [...]