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 •  December 15

State election officials and the Homeland Security Department plan to finalize a sector coordinating council for elections next year, the organizations said Thursday. State and federal officials met with election industry representatives to launch the council in Arlington, Va., this week. It will join similar coordinating councils for other...

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 •  December 15

Frederic Vezon leads a company that helps employ the “neuro-different”—people diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, other forms of autism and conditions that often provide them with exceptional quantitative skills. Since ASPertise’s founding in 2015, the company has supplied high-functioning IT consultants specializing in artificial intelligence, big...

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 •  December 7

LOS ANGELES – Four years ago, cybersecurity operations for the city of Los Angeles were divided between four centers that didn’t regularly share information with each other. When they did communicate, it was a managed through phone calls and emailed spreadsheets. Cybersecurity awareness among the city’s 48,000 employees was mixed. Protections at...

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 •  December 5

The government’s top civilian cybersecurity agency has a permanent leader again more than four months after former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly left the department to become President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. The Senate voted 62 to 37 to confirm Kristjen Nielsen, Kelly’s former chief of staff, to be the next Homeland Security...

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 •  November 29

Is Donald Trump’s cybersecurity policy humming along at the 10-month mark of his administration, a rare space of continuity amid myriad shifts and realignments? Or is Trump blazing a new path that could set dangerous precedents in cyberspace and leave the internet more ungovernable in the future? The answer, according to cyber analysts and former...

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 •  November 22

A panel of House Democrats wants to commit $400 million to secure future elections from hackers.That $400 million is what’s left over in appropriated funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which focused on making voting easier for people with disabilities.The money could be used to replace outdated and unsecure voting machines that lack paper...

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 •  November 15

One out of every eight emails sent from what looked like a government address in October was a phony email sent by hackers and spammers, according to data released Friday and Monday by the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.About 10 percent of those spoofed emails came from IP addresses outside the U.S., the company said. In the case of one agency that...

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 •  November 14

Many top cybersecurity and technology positions remain vacant 10 months into the Trump administration, but that’s not by design, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce said Thursday.Those vacant positions—or positions filled on an acting basis—include the federal chief information officer, the federal chief information security officer,...

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 •  November 3

As the government continues to chip away at a backlog of postponed preparations for the 2020 Census, the head of a top federal watchdog group said Tuesday that cybersecurity remains his biggest concern in the upcoming count of U.S. residents.Rising costs and constrained budgets have delayed the Census Bureau’s plans for implementing many of the IT...

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 •  November 2

Baby boomers and millennials differ significantly in their attitudes toward federal cyber programs, a survey suggests.Across the board, 55 percent percent of respondents in an Accenture Federal Survey said the government needs to be more transparent about citizens’ data; 56 percent that it should communicate data breaches in real time, and 57...