Weekly News Kick Off: Cyber Budget Requests to Continue Growing, DHS’ Security Role in FISMA Reform Push to be Debated - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean agencies will stop paying attention to it. Enjoy this and other highlights!

Agencies’ Cyber Budget Requests to Continue Growth
Government agencies will continue to see an increase in their budget requests for cyber operations even as overall budgets remain flat, according to KCG President Maryann Hirsch. In a piece for Security Magazine, Hirsch wrote that U.S. Cyber Command more than doubled its funding to $447 million in 2013 and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity operations funding grew $792 million year-over-year. Hirsch also says chief information security officers will play an increasing role in financial management and oversight.

DHS’s Security Role in FISMA Reform Push to be Debated
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says his collaboration with ranking member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has helped bolster their push for cybersecurity policy reforms, GovInfoSecurity reported. Carper and Coburn have submitted three cybersecurity bills to the Senate, including reforms to the Federal Information Security Management Act.

NIST Finalizes Guidelines on Federal Cloud Tech Adoption
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a road map for federal agencies to accelerate migration of their information technology systems to cloud-based infrastructure. NIST sought input from government, commercial and academic organizations to develop the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap with the goal of helping agencies implement cloud platforms.

U.S. Army Wants Fresh GPS Tech
Concerned about GPS jamming and spoofing by an adversary, the Army is leading the services’ efforts to develop alternative technologies to provide reliable and trustworthy positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) information. Its Assured PNT program is looking at tiny atomic clocks, inertial navigation systems and other technologies.

FAA Seeks Industry Input on COTS Forensic Case Management Tech
The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a market survey on commercial off-the-shelf applications for forensic case management that will store, process and preserve FAA-collected digital forensic evidence along the chain of custody. According to a notice posted Oct. 15 on FedBizOpps, the agency expects the software tool to enable its digital media analysts to utilize a remotely accessible depository of digital forensic evidence in managing forensic workloads and investigation workflows. The agency will accept responses to the presolicitation until the end of the month.


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