Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the U.S. military's Cyber Command and National Security Agency, paints a bleak picture with mounting challenges to the Defense Department's and nation's IT systems at a House hearing.
The White House Office of Management and Budget, in its yearly Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress, gives departments and agencies mixed grades in their efforts to secure federal IT for fiscal year 2011.
Organizations are not taking the advanced persistent threat seriously enough, says Hord Tipton of (ISC)2. But security professionals also are not mitigating the common threats, he says. Watch the video.
"The changes we propose in revision 4 are directly linked to the current state of the threat space - the capabilities, intentions and targeting activities of adversaries - and analysis of attack data over time," says NIST's Ron Ross.
Verisign Inc. may have followed the letter of the law when revealing a series of breaches in an SEC filing. But the company that assures the flow of a hefty portion of Internet traffic should have been more forthright to ease the minds of its various constituencies.
Steven VanRoekel says the mobile revolution will fundamentally change the way the federal government serves the public and its employees. But in outlining the Federal Mobile Strategy, the federal CIO hardly mentions security and privacy.