From securing the cloud to unwrapping new architecture compliance requirements, 2011 was a busy year for the tech public sector. In the New Year's spirit of renewal and rededication, here are 5 resolutions federal agencies should make.
Thousands of data breaches occur as a result of internal information leakage rather than an outside attack. There is a critical need to further educate government personnel on how to keep sensitive information secure. Guest blogger Prenston Gale weighs in with insight on how to achieve this important goal.
Airpower dominated the 20th century, but cyberpower will dominate the 21st century. Change is outstripping conventional patterns as technologies race capabilities.
Network situational awareness, largely the purview of military systems, may be the best line of defense against cybermarauders threaten the nation's critical infrastructure.
The nation's critical infrastructure, long a potential target of cybermarauders, now faces even greater threats--ironically because of the very information technologies on which it depends for better efficiency of operation.
The Defense Department wants innovative solutions to build the third generation of the Global Information Grid (GIG 3.0), but it wants only current technologies to underpin those innovations.
Accountability, in the form of identity and access management, will be the key elements in the Defense Department's third-generation Global Information Grid, or GIG 3.0.
The problems that the military is facing as personnel make greater use of social media are the same that it has confronted with earlier communications technologies. And, the solution may be the same: greater education on, and adherence to, security guidelines.
Modern cybercriminals have become too sophisticated for traditional security measures. So, the old way of ensuring network security must give way to a new approach that encompasses the whole of user operations in the network.
The spread of mobile networking systems along with the use of social media have opened new backdoors for hackers with potentially serious consequences, according to a leading security expert speaking at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2011. Tom Reilly, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Security, told the Wednesday breakfast audience that this major information technology transformation is leading to an escalation of attacks, especially against applications, and cyberspace will be a more dangerous place as a result.
It's time for the United States to review its national policy and develop procedures for going after cyberspace intruders. This may be the only way to have an effect on persistent cyber attacks.
One of the government's premier scientific research institutions is focusing its resources on defending computer systems against cyberattackers. The Sandia National Laboratories has concluded a recent two-day conference on cybersecurity by announcing plans for a new Cyber Engineering Research Institute (CERI) that will have a presence on both Sandia campuses in New Mexico and California.
The Air Force and Arlington County, Virginia, are taking preventative measures against hackers such as the ones that recently attacked Sony, costing them over $170 million. It's not just money at risk for government networks, however.
Being successful in the era of irregular warfare will require a focus on new ways of building and preparing the force.
The future threat may be a hybrid threat.
Cyberspace security experts no longer can afford the luxury of traditional security.
Cyberspace is seeing the beginnings of the development of new types of destructive tools.
Creating a national strategy for deterring cyber attacks faces difficult challenges, according to Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, U.S. Cyber Command commander and director of the National Security Agency.
The Defense Department's FY 2012 budget proposal features $2.3 billion for improved cyber capabilities, according to figures released this afternoon. Key elements of that funding include $0.5 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in cyber technologies. Funding also will be provided to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cyber identity, monitoring and enforcement.