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.
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.
Are too many wandering eyes employing Department of Homeland Security's IT systems to gander sensitive DHS financial documents?
An audit by DHS's inspector general, made public Wednesday, identified IT general control weaknesses, the most significant from a financial statement audit perspective that includes:
It's been nearly four years since John Gilligan retired as Air Force chief information office, but he remains a force in influencing the future direction of government information security.
Earlier this year, Gilligan - president of the consultancy Gilligan Group - led a consortium of federal agencies and private...