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DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says

by Benjamin Freed

A top federal cybersecurity official said Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security often lacks a clear picture of state and local governments’ network security, even as foreign adversaries increase their attempts to disrupt all levels of the public sector. And while federal agencies are getting better at working with state and local authorities, they face an ongoing challenge of staying ahead of an evolving threat landscape. “We don’t have good…

Commission issues early recommendations for better federal IT hiring

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service has a few ideas on how the federal government can better attract and retain IT and cybersecurity talent. In a recently released staff memorandum, the bipartisan commission offered its preliminary findings and thoughts. The memo was released in tandem with a hearing on critical skills and benefits held

Louisiana announces state's first cybersecurity education center

by Betsy Foresman

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new partnership last week to create the state’s first cybersecurity education center. The new “Cyber Center” will provide training in-person and online for people in Louisiana and beyond, and it aims to solidify the Shreveport-Bossier area, where the center will be located, as the cyber hub of Louisiana, Edwards said. In recent years, Louisiana has made investments to strengthen its public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, creating what…

Congress considers bills on student privacy, workforce, school security and STEM diversity research

by Betsy Foresman

Lawmakers moved on a host of bills this week centered around educational technology, including legislation aimed at restoring student privacy, bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, funding school security and better understanding participation in science and technology-related subjects among underrepresented groups. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, introduced in March by Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, passed a voice vote Wednesday by the Senate’s Science, Commerce and Transportation committee. The…

Why state governments struggle to hire women in cybersecurity roles

by Benjamin Freed

Women account for less than one-quarter of the cybersecurity workforce overall, and in government the gap is often even wider. Maria Thompson, the chief risk officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, shared at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday her theory of why this continues to be the case. “If you wake up in the morning and everyone you work with looks the opposite of…

U. Virginia team defends national cybersecurity competition title

by Betsy Foresman

The computer network of a fictional agricultural firm is secure for another day, thanks to students from the University of Virginia, who won first place at the 2019 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for successfully thwarting simulated cyberattacks. The key to success, the team’s captain said, was communication. For the second consecutive year, UVA’s team won first place at the cybersecurity championship, held on April 25 in Orlando, Florida, prevailing…

Cybersecurity pros could work for multiple agencies under bill passed by Senate

by Joe Warminsky

Skilled federal cybersecurity workers could be rotated among civilian agencies under bipartisan legislation the Senate passed Tuesday. The intent is not only to help fill specific gaps in the workforce, but also to help agencies recruit and retain people by offering opportunities “to enhance their careers, broaden their professional experience, and foster collaborative networks by

For effective IT delivery, understand the business first, says Utah CIO

by Jake Williams

Utah's Mike Hussey says he's working to reform the state's development process to one focused on business outcomes at the beginning of a project.

Applications open for second Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy cohort

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Federal CIO Council announced Tuesday that they have opened applications for the second round of the new, and popular, Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy. “With over 1,500 applications to the first cohort, there clearly is an interest for cyber security within the federal government,” Suzette Kent, federal CIO,

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