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Senators aim to bolster fight against cyber crimes

New bill would change felony requirements so hackers could be charged for damaging 10 or more computers; current rules set bar at minimum of $5,000 worth of harm.

Agencies miss deadline for ID card mandate

“We’re holding ourselves accountable,” top OMB technology official says.

Workforce issues complicate planning for cyberattacks

The Homeland Security Department has had a hard time retaining cybersecurity officials, auditor testifies at House hearing.

Credentials could ease hiring for IT security jobs

Agencies should follow the Defense Department’s model for IT employee certifications, representatives of professional organizations say.

Terrorist watch list subjects can evade detection, GAO says

Rapid growth of the list and the lack of a clear plan delegating responsibilities, priorities and authority have detracted from its usefulness.

Army tests satellite communications in wildfire response

Last year, the service purchased 10 emergency response SUVs equipped with a wide range of communications systems.

E-health problems in the military frustrate lawmakers

Defense and VA have ad hoc processes in place if there is an immediate need to provide data on the severely wounded, but those only cover small numbers of patients.

Reports of federal security breaches double in four months

OMB attributes increase to improved efforts by agencies to acknowledge incidents, but some security officials are concerned.

Administration touts progress in managing tech investments

Number of projects on list reflecting planning weaknesses has decreased 61 percent in the past seven months.

IT expert says information security should be distinct field

Defense program creating professional standards already has proven beneficial, former government official says.

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