Cloud computing is among the hottest topics in the federal government, with its efficiencies promising to save agencies - and eventually taxpayers - money. Despite its attractiveness, few agencies have implemented any type of cloud computing initiative, mostly because of IT security concerns.
Government policy that forces top-down solutions onto an inherently peer-to-peer problem will fail, as has been demonstrated by U.S. government cybersecurity initiatives during the last 15 years, a Gartner report says.
Gilligan helped initiate the program that requires PCs be preconfigured with specified security controls, and discusses the cultural challenges the government faces in expanding that practice to other technologies.
Steve Katz was the world's first CISO, and he has unique insight on the information security profession - how it's developed and where it's headed.
In an exclusive interview, Katz discusses:
How the information security role has evolved;
Which trends are changing the role;
The skillsets necessary for today's...
A hard drive containing one terabyte of data from the Clinton presidency that include more than 100,000 Social Security numbers, including that of one of Al Gore's daughters, and Secret Service operating procedures is missing from the National Archives.
The National Archives and Records Administration answers key questions about a missing computer disk containing records from the Clinton White House, including 100,000 Social Security numbers and Secret Service procedures.
Cloud computing is a nebulous concept. It means one thing to one person and something else to another.
A team of computer scientists at the National Association of Standards and Technology (NIST) has come up with a working albeit long definition of cloud computing: "a pay-per-use model for enabling available,...
Some of the government's most influential officials on government IT paint a dire picture of IT security, agreeing that the Federal Information Security Management Act isn't working as originally intended to safeguard federal information systems.