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William Jackson

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

Plan unveiled to build new cyber workforce

The National Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Education plan will focus on industry-specific sectors and K-12 cyber education.

Booz Allen military e-mails hacked

The contractor becomes the latest victim of the AntiSec hacking campaign, which claims it downloaded thousands of military e-mails and password hashes.

Voluntary cyber code needed for online businesses

A Commerce Department task force recommends establishing codes of responsible behavior for noncritical companies doing business online, along with economic and other incentives for adopting best practices and standards for cybersecurity.

RSA confirms its tokens used in Lockheed hack

The complicated attack might have used log-in data obtained via a phishing attack along with algorithm seed numbers taken from RSA to generate new passcodes.

More cyberattacks reported; RSA tokens likely involved

Two more defense contractors reportedly have been the victims of attacks similar to the breach at Lockheed Martin Corp., and RSA SecurID tokens are believed to be compromised.

4 contractors unveil path to trusted digital ID credentials

A quartet of contractors is combining their IT know-how to work on an initiative designed to protect the nation's infrastructure and further secure digital identification credentials.

CMS, DOD officials honored for security work

C. Ryan Brewer, CISO at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn won awards at the RSA Conference.

On Thanksgiving, fed IT leaders count their blessings

We asked your colleagues what they're thankful for this Thanksgiving.

TechAmerica urges action by lame-duck Congress on laundry list of IT wants

TechAmerica President and CEO Phil Bond today urged the upcoming lame duck session of the 111th Congress to take concerted action before adjournment on a range of unresolved IT issues.

IPv6 technology still scarce

Agencies must acquire networking equipment capable of handling IPv6 and enable the new protocols on their networks over the next four years, but finding the right equipment can be a challenge, government and industry officials said.

5 critical steps on the road to IPv6

Connecting with the rest of the world could soon require the use of IPv6, and agencies should begin preparing now to use the new protocols.

Kundra sets new IPv6 deadlines

The Obama administration has set deadlines and offered guidelines for the transition of government networks to the next generation of Internet Protocols.

Do agencies still have year-end spending sprees?

We tried to find out what agencies are spending their year-end money on, but it might not work like that anymore.

6 reasons to worry about cybersecurity

The adoption of new technologies and platforms, such as cloud computing and social networking, opens new avenues for increasingly sophisticated attacks. Meanwhile, old methods of attacks are getting smarter.

Cyber war fever — Catch it!

Whether or not the threat is overhyped, Washington is worried about the prospect of cyber warfare, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed at the highest levels of government.

Calling all entrepreneurs: Your country needs you

Government is harnessing the power of entrepreneurial development to expand access to and increase the value of government information.

10 years later, the LoveBug still resonates

The LoveBug, or the ILOVEYOU worm, which appeared in the Philippines on May 5, 2000, and quickly spread to Asia, Europe and the United States, marks its 10th anniversary. It's still considered one of the worst worms of the computer age.

Consensus is growing for the reform of flawed FISMA

Government and private-sector experts say agencies need to adopt real-time, enterprise-based risk management to secure the nation’s information infrastructures.

How can we be at cyberwar if we don't know what it is?

Before plunging into a Cold-War style cyber arms race with our online enemies, the United States needs to decide just exactly what cyberwar is, who should fight it and how to do it.

Broadband plan would make FCC a player in cybersecurity framework

Under the National Broadband Plan released today by the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC would gain responsibilities for ensuring the safety of privately owned communications infrastructure.