The 2016 Symantec Government Symposium is coming up on Aug. 30, and its awards program, the Cyber Awards, deadline is quickly approaching–June 1 at 5 p.m. ET. The Cyber Awards recognize individuals who show excellence and leadership in government cybersecurity through their personal contributions to programs that protect critical data and systems. Nominees go above and […]

The MetroLab Network has grown to 35 city/county-university partnerships working together to research, develop, and deploy technologies and policy approaches in order to address urban areas’ challenges. MetroLab Network was launched in September 2015 by 21 city/county-university pairings, as part of President Obama’s Smart Cities Initiative-an initiative using more than 25 new technology collaborationsto help […]

Content management company Box today unveiled its Box for Government initiative, which brings together different product suites designed for government and enables agencies to work remotely, collaboratively, and with an assurance of security. Box for Government has already received a FedRAMP Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Defense Information Systems Agency, making it more accessible to […]

Cyber hygiene is essential for combating the modern, professional hacker, according to Symantec Security Response director of project management Kevin Haley. “When cyber criminals work in call centers, write documentation, and take the weekend off, you know it’s a profession,” he said.






Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oregon will participate in a policy academy on developing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies, the National Governors Association announced. “Threats to our cybersecurity remain one of the most significant homeland security challenges facing the nation,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.






Law enforcement reported an increase in ransomware attacks during 2015, and it looks like these attacks will continue throughout 2016. To deal with the rising threats, the FBI posted recommendations. “These criminals have evolved over time and now bypass the need for an individual to click on a link. They do this by seeding legitimate websites with malicious code, taking advantage of unpatched software on end-user computers,” said James Trainor, the FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director.






The White House announced that 53 police departments have committed to an initiative designed to make local policing more transparent.






The new reality of elections in the United States is a return to paper ballots. They’re a semi-high-tech optical scan ballot that is first marked by the voter and then processed by an optical scanner to tabulate the votes.






As Federal agencies move forward with big data and infrastructure initiatives, “we really have to assume that all of our networks are compromised,” said Ann Dunkin, CIO at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).






Speed and communication are key elements to effective threat intelligence in the government, according to panelists at the Akamai Government Forum on Thursday. “If you want to do cybersecurity to be in scale, a key enabler of that is having that information sharing piece in place,” said Renee Tarun, deputy director of the Cyber Task Force […]

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