The cloud presents a compelling and innovative piece of technology for government and IT professionals, according to a recent survey. And recently, the Pentagon took a severe hit when hackers breached the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s network. All this news, and more in this week’s federal news round up from FTI.
Suspected Russian Hackers Breach the Pentagon
The Pentagon, viewed as the ultimate symbol of America’s military strength, was recently breached, according to The Hill. For more than two weeks, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s network went offline, presenting yet another crucial cyber attack.
The Defense Department confirmed that the Joint Staff network was brought back online after cybersecurity staff wiped the system of digital intruders, according. The intrusion is likely the work of a Moscow-backed hacking group titled APT29.
The Cloud Continues to Persevere in IT
The move to the cloud has led some government officials to zealously prepare their systems while others continue to be skeptical. According to a recent survey, cloud technology continues to present a chosen innovation for state and federal governments, according to Government Technology.
Released on August 13, 2015, the survey of government IT leaders depicts cloud tech demand perseveres despite tight budgets and dedication to archaic infrastructure.
CISA Legislation Could Allow Cybersecurity Information Sharing
Although the Senate is currently on its August recess, the legislation planned upon return will be crucial for cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, approved 14-1 by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, could provide a basic legal basis for companies to share information, with each other and government, regarding cybersecurity threats, according to FCW.
The Senate will continue to debate this major cybersecurity bill after it failed to push the legislation before the recess went into effect.