11/06/2007 - One card that works across the government as an ID and for access is a step closer to reality. In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a standard specifying the architecture and technical requirements for a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors, such as a smart card with embedded biometric data. The first part of the standard gives minimum requirements for a personal identity verification (PIV) system that meets the control and security objectives of HSPD 12, while the second part provides the technical requirements, such as card elements and system interfaces, to support the control and security objectives as well as to maintain interoperability. PIV-I mandates, for example, that a detailed background investigation be completed before ID credentials are issued. It also requires that the applicant appear in person at least once during the process and that he or she present two forms of identification in original form.The Federal Information Processing Standard 201, Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors, is available at SM Online.
11/06/2007 - Each year, federal agencies receive “grades” on a computer security report card, issued by the House Government Reform Committee. It’s based largely on each agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
11/06/2007 - Each year, federal agencies receive “grades” on a computer security report card, issued by the House Government Reform Committee. It’s based largely on each agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Now, for the first time, the CISOs of those agencies have their chance to grade FISMA. In a survey from Telos Corporation, 60 percent of respondents found FISMA reporting helpful in understanding the state of their department’s IT security, and respondents gave the report card itself a “C” grade.@ The executive summary of Grading the Graders: Examining the True Impact of FISMA is at SM Online.
11/06/2007 - A measure(former S.B. 1214) recently signed into law by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano makes it illegal for anyone to enter a commercial nuclear-generating station or its grounds without authorization.
11/06/2007 - A bill (H.R. 1544) that would change the way that first-responder funds are allocated to state and local governments has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee and must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.
11/02/2007 - A bill (S. 494) that would protect federal employees who disclose information about government wrongdoing has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.