Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Feds lay down draft rules on system security

Filed under
Security

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, has released a draft version of the minimal security requirements for federal agencies. (Download PDF) The report, published Friday, comes one month after government auditors found that the agencies are not prepared to deal with the triple Internet menaces of spam, phishing and spyware.

The requirements are meant to help the government organiztions improve their information technology security and comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002. The document covers 17 areas with regard to protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of federal information systems and the information processed, stored and transmitted by those systems. NIST has invited public comments on the draft standard until Sept. 13, 2005. After it becomes effective, federal agencies must be in compliance within one year.

By Joris Evers
CNET News.com

More in Tux Machines

GhostBSD 10.3 Development Continues, Now with UEFI Support for 64-bit Platforms

Today, May 25, 2016, GhostBSD maintainer Eric Turgeon announced the general availability of the second Alpha release of the upcoming GhostBSD 10.3 operating system. Read more

Samsung still undecided on their Android Wear future

Yesterday the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree with the news that Samsung was no longer going to use Android Wear for any of its Smartwatches, but it seems that might not be quite the case. The report from Fast Company cited some Samsung executives confirming that Samsung was not looking into developing any further Android Wear products. Now, In a statement provided to the Engadget website Samsung states: “We disagree with Fast Company’s interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.” Read more

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition review

The Meizu Pro 5 is the latest flagship smartphone to run on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu is designed to work across all device types – including mobile, tablets, convertibles and desktops – using a common core code. This is similar to Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile. However, unlike Microsoft’s code, Ubuntu is totally open source and has largely been developed and improved by the desktop OS’s millions-strong user base. This means the OS is capable of evolving and changing at a great pace and has update cycles that would make most sysadmins weep. Read more

Whatever Happened To Ubuntu Light?

Amidst the onslaught of Intel-based netbooks in the late 2000s was a custom instant-on OS from Canonical. Ubuntu Light was to be a proverbial glint of free software at the end of a tunnel crowded by clones. It was a way for OEMs to add extra value to their Windows devices and differentiate themselves from competitors. It was a way for users to dip their toes into Ubuntu rather than drown at the deep end. And yet…you are probably having a hard time recalling it. Read more