Weekly News Kickoff: U.S. ‘Nowhere Near The Cutting Edge’ In Countering Insider Threats - (Archived)

At a cybersecurity event, a panel of security experts said the snail’s pace at which the federal government embraces new technologies and ideas is impeding its ability to watch for insider threats. Would you agree? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

U.S. ‘Nowhere Near The Cutting Edge’ In Countering Insider Threats
The federal government’s ability to protect itself from insider threats is a “very long time” away from matching what’s possible in the private sector, FedScoop reports a Department of Homeland Security official saying. The comments came from a panel discussion of experts who either work for or were previously employed at DHS, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department. The panel, speaking at a cybersecurity event held Thursday by the Atlantic Council, said the government relies too much on old policy and is too slow to procure new forms of technology that could protect vital information from being removed by disgruntled employees.

Senate Committee Weighs Pay Flexibility To Entice New Hires
The federal government has a hiring problem. So the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs took to Capitol Hill on Oct. 22 to see whether improving pay flexibility could be a way to leverage the government’s hiring power, Federal Times reports. “We all want a federal government that runs efficiently and effectively for the American people,” said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okl., and chair of the subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, in a statement. The hearing centered on the dearth of infrastructure as a result of the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota and Montana, which left the federal government scrambling to provide services that could keep pace with the explosive economic growth in the region. Brenda Roberts, deputy associate director for Pay and Leave at the Office of Personnel Management said special pay rates are just some of the tools the agency has in dealing with circumstances like those in the Bakken region.

Air Force ‘On The Road’ To Predictive Cyber Algorithm
The Air Force’s Air Combat Command is looking toward the next battlefield through “fusion warfare,” DefenseSystems reports. Fusion warfare is “an asymmetric decision advantage integrating and synchronizing multi-source, multi-domain information in the time and space of our choosing,” Maj. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, director of intelligence at the Air Combat Command, said at an event hosted by the Mitchell Forum. As the military adjusts to emerging threats, a primary challenge is integrating cyber operations into its practice. Jamieson said the current tactics, techniques and procedures – those TTPs – are based off of lessons learned. Fifth-generation technology is going to increase the amount of data available. Current TTPs won’t keep pace in 2035 because they are based on single input, not multi-source or multi-domain views.

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New Framework Lays The Foundation For ‘Identity Ecosystem’ To Enhance Privacy, Security On The Internet
The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, the public-private partnership tasked by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create an “identity ecosystem,” has published Version 1 of its Identity Ecosystem Framework, FierceGovernmentIT reports. With the release of the framework, the group delivers the first tangible result of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, a visionary plan the White House rolled out in April 2011. The group voted to approve the framework during its 15th plenary meeting last week. “The framework establishes previously nonexistent ‘rules of the road’ for companies, government agencies, other organizations and consumers to navigate the constantly evolving landscape of the Identity Ecosystem,” according to a press release from the group.


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