Obama tags EPA, OMB and DoE heads, DHS 3.0 has cybersecurity as a top priority and more

Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. Obama makes three major personnel announcements – President Obama has announced the heads of three organizations, the OMB, the Department of Energy and the EPA. All of them have extensive experience in the government, specifically in organizations. Via FedScoop, more here. Napolitano calls for […]

EPA has dismal IT failures, Samsung S-Memo security lapse and more

Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. DHS aims to hire 600 cybersecurity pros — if it can find them - DHS and other federal agencies are looking hard to find cybersecurity experts for hire, but cyber experts are saying DHS and other agencies haven’t figured out how to attract the talent. This is […]

EPA Breach Compromises Almost 8,000, DARPA Seeks Smart Sniper Scopes, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: A breach of the  U.S. y has compromised the personal and banking data of 5,100 current employees and 2,700 “other individuals.” More here. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency awarded a contract for a “compact observation, measurement, and ballistic calculation system” for snipers. More here. The U.S. Census Bureau has created […]

A New Supercomputer, Preventing Collisions with Drones, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working together on the Vulcan supercomputer to analyze data for developing new technologies in applied energy, green energy, manufacturing, data management and other fields. More here. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing today on whether the Do Not Track specification […]

Air Force Mobile, CISPA Protests, and More

Here is today’s federal IT and cybersecurity news: With a second attempt at procuring 2,725 iPads, the Air Force continues to move towards mobile and thin clients. More here. Howard Shmidt said that industry would not be heavily burdened by a bill to phase in security standards for privately held critical infrastructure, and that the federal […]

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency Mission Statement The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends. Assessment The EPA will focus cyber activities on compliance with FISMA. But lack of budget heft and lack of attention to infrastructure means little improvement […]