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Cybersecurity Act Passed by House

Today, February 4th, 2010, the House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061. The act was passed with overwhelming support: a 422 to 5 vote. This legislation included the reauthorization of several National Science Foundation cybersecurity programs. It also is put into place in order to improve the movement of …

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DNI Dennis Blair Gives Testimony

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, gave his testimony on the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community in front the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The first topic Blair addressed was the impact of the cyber threat. For an in depth report on his Blair’s comments …

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Secretary Napolitano Calls for SBInet Reassessment

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano has called for a reassessment of SBInet, the virtual border fence program. SBInet is an $8 billion electronic surveillance system, first contracted by Boeing in September 2006. According to Federal News Radio, the goal of the program is to “use technology, including cameras, sensors, advanced detection …

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Obama Gets Tough on Tax-Delinquent Contractors

President Obama has ordered the Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department and other federal agencies to begin preventing contractors who are delinquent on their taxes from receiving new government contracts. As part of the plan, the President will order the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to make sure that …

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Gates Meets With, Reassures Defense Execs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with top executives from major defense contracting firms to reiterate the importance of fulfilling contracts on time and on budget, while assuring the relationship between the federal government and defense contractors will continue to be mutually beneficial moving forward. In attendance were leaders from major …

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Technology Breach Calls for Action

A recent technology breach by the Chinese government into U.S. systems has called attention to the issue of Internet freedom. The intrusion was into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Google Inc., financial institutions, defense contractors, and several other technology companies in Silicon Valley. The U.S. government has …

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Branding of ‘CyberMaryland’

Maryland wants to be the “silicon valley of cyber security.” Just yesterday, state officials, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, launched a movement to bring more cybersecurity to the state through jobs and research. And it makes perfect sense. Maryland is home to top universities like Johns Hopkins, several major military installations, …

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TSA Expands Body-Scanning Technology

TSA hopes to increase the use of body-scanning technology in airport security lines. This new technology will be put into place in order to avoid potential terrorist attacks like the one on the plane headed to Detroit this past Christmas. As of now, there are 40 scanners in use. However, …

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