Regulations & Oversight

NIST issues draft update to cyber framework


Federal scientists at the government’s technology laboratory have issued a draft update to their widely adopted Cybersecurity Framework, adding for the first time a way of quantifying risk and security outcomes.

Likely to miss data center goals, Army issues stringent new plan for closures


Secretary Eric Fanning has laid out an explicit plan for the Army to achieve its data center closure and consolidation goals by 2018 — an effort that has otherwise made little progress in the past two years.

FedRAMP authorizes three AWS services under high baseline


Three of Amazon Web Services' cloud services received high baseline authorizations to work with federal clients last week.

U.S. sanctions Russian spy agencies, officials for hacking


The Obama administration Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and hit both Moscow’s civilian and military foreign intelligence agencies with newly authorized financial sanctions in a sweeping response to alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Trump’s pick for Homeland Security adviser is a cybersecurity expert


President-elect Donald Trump has named Thomas Bossert, a former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, as a homeland security adviser.

NIST asks for help with quantum-proof crypto


U.S. government scientists are asking private sector and academic cryptographers for help in writing new encryption algorithms that are complex and powerful enough to withstand cracking attempts by quantum computers.