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Citizens First

April 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For several years, the federal government has worked to improve the federal customer experience through a mix of policy declarations and funding initiatives. The Trump administration has taken the next step, adding a concrete policy framework for agencies to follow. The president’s recently released management agenda directs agencies to focus...

Here’s What a Company’s Data Breach Game Plan Looks Like

March 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies should get to know the law enforcement office they plan to call after a data breach or ransomware attack before that attack occurs, according to advice from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In some cases, the best law enforcement contact will be the cyber division of a city police...

Homeland Security Test Reveals Flaws in Emergency Responder Apps

December 20, 2017 Government and industry testers found software vulnerabilities or privacy issues in 32 out of 33 mobile apps used by emergency responders in a pilot test, the Homeland Security Department revealed Monday. More than half of those issues were “critical flaws,” such as basic failures to secure user information, according to...

DHS Test Reveals Flaws in Emergency Responder Apps

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government and industry testers found software vulnerabilities or privacy issues in 32 out of 33 mobile apps used by emergency responders in a pilot test, the Homeland Security Department revealed Monday. More than half of those issues were “critical flaws,” such as basic failures to secure user information, according to...

Hackers Hit Pizza Hut's Ordering While Breaches Expose 30 Million South Africans

October 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The catchily dubbed the KRACK attack, a flaw in a protocol that encrypts Wi-Fi networks, and reports that hackers stole Microsoft's database of bugs in 2013 nabbed headlines but that's not all that happened in cyberspace. Here's what else went on in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber events....

Someone's Swiping Credit Cards from Hyatt, Research Reports from Forrester and a Disqus Breach

October 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week saw more bad news from Equifax. The company acknowledged a file with 15.2 million U.K. residents’ information was accessed, denied reports one of its websites had been hacked, and had a $7 million bridge contract with the IRS suspended. But hotels and research firms had their own problems....

Getting the Most Out of Data Centers

October 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legacy technology costs the federal government a lot of money. Statistically, around 80 percent of the government’s $80 billion IT budget goes toward past-generation systems that, as former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used to say, “keep the lights on.” An Office of Management and Budget mandate requires federal...

Congress' Week: Data Breaches, Kaspersky and Murderers with Security Clearances

October 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers ricocheted like pinballs between a trio of major breach stories but also found time advance bills with major implications for federal agencies. Agencies that haven’t optimized data centers need to figure out their plans. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee moved along the FITARA Enhancement Act, which...

Report: Russian Hackers Used Kaspersky Anti-virus to Steal NSA Hacking Tools

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kaspersky software provided an inroad for Russian hackers to snatch details of National Security Agency offensive spying tools off an agency contractor’s personal computer, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The report offers the first confirmation—though not on the record—that Russian intelligence services are using Kaspersky software to steal sensitive...

The State of Cybersecurity Awareness

October 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If headlines are any indication, there’s never been more interest in cybersecurity. It’s not just the frequent, massive data breaches that have the public interested. Presidential candidates hammered each other over cybersecurity stances during debates, and the victor, President Donald Trump, promised big changes after his election. Experts, however, question...