The Centers of Excellence train keeps on chugging.
Cyber experts may have been pleased that the average dwell time for intruders in 2017 was a mere 101 days, but now there’s a new statistic to worry about: 19 minutes.
That’s the incredibly short amount of time it takes for Russian adversaries to move inside a network and cause damage, according to a report by CrowdStrike.
The Air Force is continuing to invest in bug bounty programs to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The service branch recently disclosed a new one in which it hired certified ethical hackers to demonstrate what would happen if an insider “went rogue” and attacked the Air Force’s maintenance system.
The House subcommittee most identified with federal IT issues is being folded into another panel, but its work will continue, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly, who chairs the combined group. The IT oversight panel of the House Oversight and Reform Committee will be merged with the Government Operations subcommittee.
On Dec. 11, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released the seventh IT Scorecard, better known as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard. The good news? Almost half of all of the 24 CFO Act agencies saw their grades go up compared to the last scorecard in May.
On Nov. 30, the House passed a bill by a wide margin that would codify the role of the federal CIO and CISO and make them presidentially appointed positions.