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Homeland Security cyber czar sees challenges ahead

February 22, 2007 The criminals in cyberspace are getting more organized, but so are those fighting against them according to the Homeland Security Department's new secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications. In an interview with Technology Daily, Greg Garcia outlined his goals after four months on the job as the nation's first cybersecurity czar. ...

Bush's cybersecurity budget proposal concerns tech industry

February 12, 2007 Industry groups fought to get a cyber-security czar at the Homeland Security Department, but they are disappointed that President Bush did not include more money for the expanded role as part of the fiscal 2008 budget he released Feb. 5. Bush proposed a $92.7 million funding level for the department's ...

Latest breach revives call for action to protect data

January 22, 2007 The Cyber Security Industry Alliance is calling on the new Congress to pass comprehensive data-security legislation after another massive data breach reported last week. TJX, the parent company of stores including Marshalls and TJ Maxx, announced that hackers broke into a system that handles credit- and debit-card transactions. The company ...

IT contractors prepare for new small-business rule

January 17, 2007 TYSONS CORNER, Va. -- Government information technology contractors are scrambling to learn more about new re-certification rules set to go in place later this year for small businesses working with the government. The Information Technology Association of America hosted a breakfast on the topic here Wednesday with attorneys, consultants and ...

Data-breach milestone stirs new call for action

December 15, 2006 Armed with a new number on data breaches, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance is calling on the new Congress to enact comprehensive legislation to secure sensitive personal information. The number of Americans whose personal data has been compromised has reached a new milestone --100 million, or more than one-third of ...

Forum offers advice on innovating for government

December 5, 2006 HERNDON, Va. -- Entrepreneurs gathered here Tuesday for advice on everything from how to get a federal Small Business Innovation Research grant to how to turn an idea into a commercially viable product and get it to market. The setting was Virginia's 12th annual SBIR conference hosted by the Center ...

Tech groups look ahead to changes on Senate panels

November 28, 2006 When Democrats take over key Senate committees come January, one of the biggest changes is expected to be oversight. "We do have a system of government that provides checks and balances," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. "A big challenge for the 110th Congress will ...

Task force advocates innovation focus in military

November 16, 2006 A group of high-tech leaders and national security experts is asking President Bush to include basic defense research in his American competitiveness initiative. The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation backed the request Thursday with a new report that warns that while funding for military research and development ...

Officials eye 50-percent mark on cyber compliance

November 13, 2006 HERNDON, Va. -- A survey of information technology officials found that most expect to be 50 percent compliant with federal cyber-security guidelines within the next year. Government agencies report that most progress has been made in dealing with personnel security and identifying who is accessing various technology systems. The biggest ...

Agencies close to satisfying cybersecurity law

November 2, 2006 The White House Office of Management and Budget predicts that the percentage of federal systems complying with a 2004 law requiring agencies to identify cyber risks and develop ways to combat them will be up next year. Karen Evans, OMB's administrator of e-government and information technology, told a cybersecurity conference ...