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DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete

DOT IG Report – October 13, 2016 DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete Project ID:  FI-2017-001

“An effective response to cyber incidents minimizes disruptions to information systems and data losses. We conducted this audit because of DOT’s large number of information systems that contain sensitive data as well as the high number of cybersecurity incidents that the Department reports annually—2,200 in 2014 alone. Our audit objective was to determine whether DOT has effective cyber security monitoring in place for its networks and information systems. Specifically, we assessed DOT’s policies and procedures for (1) monitoring, detecting, and eradicating cyber incidents, and (2) reporting incidents and their resolutions to appropriate authorities. DOT’s Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has not ensured that the Department’s Security Operations Center (Center) has access to all departmental systems or required the Center to consider incident risk, thus limiting the Center’s ability to effectively monitor, detect, and eradicate cyber incidents.Federal law requires agency heads to ensure that information systems are secure and to delegate to chief information officers the authority to ensure Federal compliance. However, without OCIO’s approval, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducts its own monitoring of the national airspace system (NAS) through its Cyber Operations Center (NCO) and this monitoring is incomplete. FAA officials have initiated NCO’s monitoring of only 11 of 39 NAS systems that need monitoring. OCIO also has not ensured that the OCIO’s lack of enforcement of DOT’s cyber security policies coupled with the weaknesses in FAA’s monitoring puts the Department’s information systems at risk for compromise.”

USPS Survey – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in US

USPS IG – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in the United States Report Number RARC-WP-17-001 “If the U.S. Postal Service intends to consider the option of incorporating drones into its operations, tracking the public’s rapidly evolving perception of this new mode of delivery will be essential to shaping the groundwork of the Postal Service’s strategy.… Continue Reading

Google Travel adds new features

Google Blog: “Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping to some exotic destination, one of the most time-consuming and stressful parts of travel planning is finding the right flight and hotel. Sixty-nine percent of U.S. leisure travelers worry that they’re not finding the best price or making the best decision while booking a… Continue Reading

Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives

Open Innovation: Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives, GAO-17-14: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2016. “How can the federal government better engage citizens? Federal agencies are using “open innovation” tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Civilian and Contractor Workforces, Train Braking

DOD Civilian and Contractor Workforces: Additional Cost Savings Data and Efficiencies Plan Are Needed, GAO-17-128: Published: Oct 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2016. Train Braking: DOT’s Rulemaking on Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes Could Benefit from Additional Data and Transparency, GAO-17-122: Published: Oct 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2016. U.S. Postal Service: Information on… Continue Reading

Predicting How to Make Airports More Efficient

Wired via Center for Data Innovation: “New York’s JFK airport has implemented predictive analytics software called Beontra that analyzes data on flight operations, such as plane delays and passenger counts, as well as data about the airport, such as how long it takes for people to walk through a terminal and pass through security, to predict… Continue Reading

Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world

Anil Polat: “[Here] is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. I’ll still be updating the original how to get wireless passwords from airports page with this information as well but now you can search around on the map directly.” Continue Reading

New Report – US Could Reach Peak Car Ownership By 2020

PRWeb: “The auto industry faces transformative times ahead, with potential for the United States market to reach peak car ownership by 2020, according to a new Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report released [September 26, 2016]. The report, Peak Car Ownership, outlines what to expect as the United States moves away from the traditional model of… Continue Reading

CRS – Iran Sanctions

Iran Sanctions, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. September 21, 2016. “The comprehensive nuclear accord (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), finalized on July 14, 2015, provides Iran broad relief from U.S., U.N., and multilateral sanctions on Iran’s energy, financial, shipping, automotive, and other sectors. Sanctions were suspended or lifted upon the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certification on… Continue Reading

Will FAA take over non-military control of space traffic control “The Federal Aviation Administration might be extending its commercial air traffic control responsibilities into space. The House passed a bill Sept. 22 by a vote of 425-0 to investigate what role the FAA might play in directing commercial and foreign space traffic. The bill would authorize a study of the impact such a shift… Continue Reading

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

US Department of Transportation: “As the digital era increasingly reaches deeper into transportation, our task at the U.S. Department of Transportation is not only to keep pace, but to ensure public safety while establishing a strong foundation such that the rules of the road can be known, understood, and responded to by industry and the public.As the Department… Continue Reading

PwC – Cities of Opportunity

“The living city – London, Singapore, Toronto and Paris top the 2016 benchmark (our 7th edition) of the broad urban qualities that make 30 global business, finance and culture capitals successful. Beneath the headline results of who finishes first, however, findings show the heart of the city revolves around balanced social and economic strengths. And… Continue Reading