Local police falling behind on cybercrime, former chief says

Bill Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles and New York City police departments, said police departments have the knowledge, but lack the resources to attack cybercrime.

How can we be at cyberwar if we don't know what it is?

Before plunging into a Cold-War style cyber arms race with our online enemies, the United States needs to decide just exactly what cyberwar is, who should fight it and how to do it.

10 flaws with the data on Data.gov

Even a cursory examination of Data.gov's newly released high-value datasets revealed 10 types of quality deficiencies, says columnist Mike Daconta.

More details emerge on Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative

The White House on March 2 released a summary of the 12 parts of a classified, expansive computer security initiative that was started in January 2008.

DOD details strict flash drive rules

A DOD policy that bans using flash drives was relaxed recently because of adjustments made to Defense Department computer systems. But that doesn't mean there are no more limitations on their use.

HHS wants help securing its health IT assets

The Health and Human Services Department is looking for a contractor who can assist in reducing cybersecurity risks for electronic health records.

DARPA: Calling all cyber geneticists

A DARPA research program would combine technologies to apply genetics, anthropology, sociology and physiology to the identification of cyberattackers.

NASA issues new RFP under multibillion-dollar IT program

NASA has released a final request for proposals, previously estimated at $100 million over five years, to consolidate the agency's enterprise applications.

NIST cryptographic showdown enters round two

NIST has eliminated 37 algorithms that had been submitted in a contest to choose the next cryptographic hash. Now, 14 contenders remain.

DHS, Michigan team on cybersecurity

The DHS Computer Emergency Readiness Team will identify possible abnormal activities on Michigan’s networks under a new agreement between the department and the state.

PKI opportunity makes a comeback

The federal public-key infrastructure has seen a quickening pace of activity in recent months as the government has begun allowing more options for contractors and state and local agencies to participate in the system.

In wake of TSA breach, a refresher on redacting PDFs

The exposure of the Transportation Security Administration's operations manual will likely prompt agnecies to review the National Security Agency's guidance on how to safely redact information from documents posted to the Web.

NARA weighs standardizing access rules for foreign vendors seeking secret data

A NARA office wants to establish a standardized process through which some highly sensitive data could be released under special agreement to foreign-owned or controlled contractors.

TechAmerica: Appoint cybersecurity coordinator now

The technology trade association TechAmerica wants President Barack Obama to make good on his promise to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator.

VeriSign restructuring close to finish line

The October sale of VeriSign Inc.'s Global Security Consulting Services business unit was the latest in the restructuring plan undertaken two years ago by the IT security company.

Government to build $1.5B cybersecurity data center

Officials plan to build a $1.5 billion data center to bolster the cybersecurity capabilities of intelligence agencies, the Defense Department, and the Homeland Security Department.

CSC to assist GSA with cyber investigations training

CSC will design and teach cybersecurity courses for the General Service Administration under a new $85 million contract.

Verisign to support HHS health network

The Health and Human Services Department announced it is preparing to award a sole-source contract to Verisign for managed public-key infrastructure services and digital certificates on the Nationwide Health Information Network.

NASA plans to spend billions for IT services

NASA plans to soon offer a series of contracts estimated to be worth more than $4 billion for information technology.

Government apps 'storefront' opens for business

An online storefront where federal agencies can purchase cloud computing technology was launched today.