• As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    As Weichert Releases OPM Reorganization Plan, Stakeholders Voice Concerns

    Last week the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Acting Director Margaret Weichert and Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Acting Director Russ Vought released the legislative proposal and business case for transferring much of OPM’s duties to the General Services Administration (GSA) and OMB. While some elements of the plan received praise, criticisms have also arisen ahead of today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Government Operations within the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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House Pushes for Hacker Training

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Lawmakers tacked on a requirement for specialized training for U.S. cybersecurity troops in this year’s defense authorization bill. 

 

Lawmakers Push for Increased Cyber Hiring and Training

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Three Democratic Congress members sent a letter this week suggesting the government borrow private-sector practices to improve federal hiring and training in order to bolster the cybersecurity workforce.

Millennials Pose New Cybersecurity Threat in Government

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According to a new study by cybersecurity developer Forcepoint, the increase in millennials in the federal workforce poses new cybersecurity risks and challenges for federal IT systems due to the nature of the generation’s relationship with technology.

New Ransomware Erases Computer on Contact

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The latest ransomware strain almost instantly wipes files from a user’s computer while leading the user to believe files can still be recovered.

NIST Unveils Major Overhaul of Global Password Security Standards

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In an interview published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Bill Burr, the 72-year-old retired former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) discussed the document he created that ultimately served as the standard by which most major enterprises set their password protocols. 

OPM to Re-mail Another Round of Security Breach Notification Letters

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In a message sent out to a group of stakeholders on Monday, the Office of Personnel Management’s Acting Director Beth Cobert acknowledged that a number of individuals whose personal information was stolen during the hack of the government background investigation database have not been notified yet.

This Week On FEDtalk: Inside NCIS

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Tune in this week to get an exclusive inside look at NCIS and its latest investigations from Deputy Director, Sam Worth, and Drew Lochli, the assistant special agent in charge of the NCIS Cyber department.

White House Accelerates Cyber Hiring Spree

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The federal government announced plans today to hire 3,500 cybersecurity and IT professionals by January 2017, building on the 3,000 it’s already hired in the first six months of fiscal 2016.

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