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NIST finds no uniform approach to identity management, IRS modernization leaving IRS vulnerable and more

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Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • IRS modernization effort leaves IRS IT vulnerable, says TIGTA - The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that the IRS’s Modernization Program “remains a major risk and that improved controls are needed.” The IRS must adhere to, and implement provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will “introduce significant risk management challenges.” Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
  • GAO: Government on ‘unsustainable’ fiscal path - according to the most recent GAO report, the government is on an unsustainable long-term fiscal path. The GAO ran two simulations, and both simulations created an unsustainable path for financial success. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • NIST: No uniform approach to identity management - A recent NIST interagency report stated that there are no uniform methods for revoking credentials or their associated attributes. Via FiereceGovernmentIT, more here.
  • Cloud Security Alliance Lays Out Mobile Device Guidance - The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) recently released an assessment and threat report on the state of mobile computing. This 60-page document offers leading practice information on securing employee mobile devices. Via Virtualization Review, more here.
  • Computer Worm Uses Fake FedEx Delivery Notification - PandaLabs has detected a new email scam which involves a fake FedEx delivery. This is aimed at tricking users into downloading the Kuluoz.A computer worm. A copy of the fake email can be seen here. Via HispanicBusiness, more here.
  • Analysis of U.S. breach data finds reasons for concern - According to the Health Information Trust Alliance’s (HITRUST) analysis of U.S. healthcare data breaches from 2009 to the present, the healthcare industry has made little progress in reducing the number of breaches with troubling statistics seen from the same types of organizations, breaches and locations. Via Help Net Security, more here.
  • Pentagon to start sequestration planning - The DoD has been instructed by the OMB to start planning for sequestration. Sequestration would cut the DoD budget by $500B (which is on top of the current $487B planned cuts). Via FedScoop, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.