Cyber, Modernization Top White House Budget Request

From: FedTech

The president’s budget blueprint for 2018 also calls for document sharing, videoconferencing, and cloud-based email.

by President Donald Trump recommended a 1.7 percent increase in federal IT spending for fiscal year 2018, but proposed a more holistic approach to IT modernization that would “fundamentally transform” how agencies operate.

The president’s budget request, released May 23, is the clearest indication of the new administration’s priorities to date. The spending plan calls for $95.6 billion in federal IT spending. That’s about $1.6 billion more than this year.

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DHS Mobile Device Security Study Urges Federal Improvements

From: HealthITSecurity

A mobile device security framework and creating a program to address mobile malware and vulnerabilities are recent Department of Homeland Security suggestions.

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on improving the federal government’s approach to mobile device security could also have potential impact on healthcare’s mobile approach.

The report is based off of a study conducted in coordination with NIST and its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

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A Federal Cyber Security Success Story: Feds Not Affected by ‘WannaCry’ Attack


By Andy Metzger State House News Service

Cyber official ‘amazed’ feds not affected by ‘WannaCry’ attack

BOSTON — President Donald Trump’s “cyber czar” said Monday he was surprised that the recent Wanna­Cry global ransomware attack had not compromised federal government computer systems and that he worries about future attacks on power grids and hospitals.

Rob Joyce, who worked for 27 years at the National Security Agency before joining the Trump White House, said financial firms have greater “agility” to invest in cybersecurity than heavily regulated utilities.

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What’s at Stake When Government’s Data Is Stolen

From: Governing

Cyber breaches can cost the taxpayers a lot of money. But the consequences aren’t just financial.


Cybersecurity is more than just an information-technology issue. It is a public-safety concern and an area of potential exposure to liability. As part of their daily operations, governments collect personal data to use to improve public services. With such large amounts of data housed on their servers, it is not a question of if but of when a government or one of its agencies will experience a data breach.

NIST framework update talks may offer a needed spotlight on vulnerability disclosure

From: Inside Cybersecurity

Joshua Higgins

New discussions around addressing cyber vulnerability disclosure within the federal framework of cybersecurity standards could give the issue much-needed visibility and offer a boost to a Commerce Department-led, public-private effort to promote guidelines for disclosing vulnerabilities in software and devices, even as challenges around liability and patching remain.

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