CISO: Veterans Affairs Names New Permanent CISO. The Veterans Affairs Department has a new full-time chief information security officer, Brian Burns, a longtime VA employee and health IT security expert. Burns will take over for acting CISO Dan Galik, who was serving in the interim after the departure of Stan Lowe this summer. Read more

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CTO: U.S. Deputy CTO Steps Down. U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ryan Panchadsaram is leaving his White House post. After serving in the federal government for three years, starting as a presidential innovation fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, he is moving back to San Francisco to be with his family, according to the White House statement. Read more

DEFENSE CIO: Marine Corps CIO Seeks to Cordon Off Network. When it comes to warfighting data, the Marine Corps has all its eggs in one basket. Having a single network entails particular risks, especially when it comes to data manipulation. Marine Corps CIO Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall said the solution is to fortify the network via compartmentalization. Read more

FACEBOOK: Facebook to widen use of Safety Check tool beyond Paris attacks. Facebook’s Safety Check tool to help users alert friends about their safety was activated for the first time after a terror attack in Paris on Friday, with a large number of users reporting they had benefited from it. But that move drew widespread criticism online that the company had been partial, as it had not activated the feature in other locations recently hit in terror attacks, notably the twin attacks in Beirut on Thursday. Read more


CLOUD: Security’s Future is the Cloud, as Enterprise Trust in Amazon Grows. As more workloads move to the cloud, so must security solutions. Matt Asay explains how the future of security is cloudy with a chance of Amazon. Read more

MICROSOFT: GeoShield moves to Microsoft Azure Government Cloud. CyberTech’s GeoShield, a public safety platform for real-time crime analysis and intelligence-led policing, is now available through the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud. Because the Microsoft cloud platform meets the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services security requirements, governments and public safety agencies now can get the GeoShield tools on a cloud platform secure enough for criminal justice data. Read more

VIDEO: How Paris Attacks Will Change Cybersecurity. Connecticut Democratic Senator Jim Himes discusses the future of cybersecurity with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.” Read more

HOW: SLAC National Laboratory Revamped Its Cybersecurity. When officials at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory were handed the results of the Energy Department’s inspector general audit citing nine findings related to its compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act, Ben Calvert, the newly appointed chief information security officer for SLAC, knew the lab’s cybersecurity program had to change. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – November 17, 2015

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