04 Feb 2019

How Two Agencies Handled Expired Credentials After Historic Shutdown

The recent 35-day US government shutdown created a significant backlog in terms of the re-authorization of employee credentials, such as  personal identity verification (PIV) cards and log-in credentials. The expiry of these credentials during the shutdown meant that a host of furloughed federal workers were locked out of their systems

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31 Jan 2019

Surprising ways the government shutdown actually boosted federal cybersecurity

According to a new study by Security Scorecard, the U.S. government shutdown may not have been as bad in terms of cyber security as industry experts have been claiming. The research found improvements in terms of endpoint security and patch management during the 35-day partial shutdown. The improvements were mostly due

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18 Jan 2019

Government cybersecurity at risk as shutdown lingers

Due to the ongoing shutdown, US government agencies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Because cybersecurity and IT staff have been furloughed in many government agencies, TLS certificates for government websites are not being renewed, systems aren’t being patched and there is no active monitoring of agency networks for performance

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18 Jan 2019

‘Tens of Thousands’ of Government Contractors Laid Off Due to Shutdown

While the country’s unemployment rates are at a low, the next report could reflect some side effects of the shutdown: namely “tens of thousands” of layoffs by contractors who are losing around $1.5 billion per week. With 9,000 federal employees furloughed, employment is but one of the economic areas seeing

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17 Jan 2019

Work on Security Clearance Backlog Continues Through Shutdown

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) bureau responsible for issuing security clearances has not been impacted by the government shutdown as they work to reduce the major backlog of background investigations numbering 600,000 at the end of 2018, down from a high of 725,000 in April. Officials have stated that

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09 Jan 2019

Shutdown Forces Feds Off the Conference Circuit

One potentially unexpected consequence of the ongoing shutdown is that scientists and tech leaders employed by the government are not able to attend conferences around the country, potentially preventing them from exchanging ideas and solutions with relevant partners. Nineteen days in, the shutdown has forced the FCC Chairman, FCC Commissioner,

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