Virtual Kidnaping

Posted October 16, 2017

Law enforcement agencies have been aware of virtual kidnapping fraud for at least two decades, but a recent FBI case illustrates how this frightening scam—once limited to Mexico and Southwest border states—has evolved so that U.S. residents anywhere could be potential victims.

National Industrial Security System (NISS) Deployment Schedule

Posted October 11, 2017

*NISS deployed September 28, 2017 in its TEST Soft Launch state.
*Government registration for sponsor and clearance verifier accounts is active and underway.
*Industry registration: DSS has been deploying NISS and NCAISS patches over this past week to remedy identified technical issues. While these items are being resolved, NISS Industry account requests cannot be processed. When this capability is available a notification will be provided.

FBI Breaks Ground for New Data Center

Posted October 5, 2017

Today, October 5, 2017, the FBI, along with its partners in the Department of Justice, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Data Center in Pocatello, Idaho. It is a milestone in the efforts to consolidate and optimize Data Center infrastructure, information, and services as part of a broad multi-year IT transformation.

New Network Security Standards Will Protect Internet's Routing

Posted October 3, 2017

Electronic messages traveling across the internet are under constant threat from data thieves, but new security standards created with the technical guidance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will reduce the risk of messages being intercepted or stolen. These standards address a security weakness that has been a part of the internet since its earliest days

NICE Announces the First Annual National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

Posted October 3, 2017

The National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW), brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE), is a week-long campaign focused on increasing awareness about careers in cybersecurity and building a national cybersecurity workforce to enhance America’s national security and promote economic prosperity. NICE brings to the forefront information of local, regional, and national interest to inspire, educate, and engage citizens to pique their interest in cybersecurity careers. National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week takes place during November’s National Career Development Month, and each day of the week-long celebration provides an opportunity to learn about the contributions, innovations, and opportunities that can be found by choosing a career in cybersecurity.

NIST, DHS Join Forces to Create Cybersecure Communities Around the Globe

Posted August 24, 2017

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will jointly sponsor the 2018 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), which will focus on designed-in cybersecurity for “smart city” systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy.

NIST Crafts Next-Generation Safeguards for Information Systems and the Internet of Things

Posted August 15, 2017

Information systems—from communications platforms to internet-connected devices—require both security and privacy safeguards to work successfully and protect users in our increasingly complex and interconnected world.

NIST Publishes NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: Categorizing and Describing Cybersecurity Work for the Nation

Posted August 7, 2017

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is pleased to announce the release of Special Publication 800-181, the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. This publication serves as a fundamental reference to support a workforce capable of meeting an organization’s cybersecurity needs. It provides organizations with a common, consistent lexicon that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work by Category, Specialty Area, and Work Role. It is a resource from which organizations or sectors can develop additional publications or tools that meet their needs to define or provide guidance on different aspects of workforce development, planning, training, and education.