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Panetta Says Cyber Threat Keeps Him Up at Night

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Louisville, Ky. audience Thursday that the thought of a major cyberattack keeps him awake at night. Panetta told the University of Louisville audience that the U.S. is growing in cyber expertise but agencies still suffer thousands of cyber attacks daily, the Defense Department reports. Panetta …

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GOP Senators to Propose Research, Education-Focused Cyber Bill

Several Republican senators will introduce a cybersecurity bill Wednesday highlighting the use of research and education, The Hill newspaper reports. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.), Chuck Grassley (Neb.) Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Dan Coats (Ind.) will propose the Secure IT Act. The Secure IT …

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GAO Officials Question Power Grid Security Before House Subpanel

Government Accountability Office representatives told a House subcommittee Tuesday technology enables a more effective power grid network but the security of the network could be stronger. Gregory Wilshusen and David Trimble testified to the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee that insecure smart grid networks are dangerous to national security. Securing …

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DHS: Mobile Development a Major Priority

The Department of Homeland Security said one of its top strategic plans for information technology development includes provisions to expand mobile solutions, AOL Government reported. Mobile applications and devices including tablets, smartphones and border processing systems are currently being studied by various government organizations for possible adoption. According to AOL, …

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CIO, Acquisition Councils Give Agencies Cloud Buying Directions

The federal councils of chief information officers and chief acquisition officers are suggesting government agencies define rules in regard to what data cloud computing vendors are able to access. The councils’ joint report also includes directions on approaching data privacy. The document notes that if cloud services host privacy data, …

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FCC to Auction Spectrum, Fund Public Safety Net

The Federal Communications Commission may auction off radio frequency spectrum in order to fund the national public safety network. Congress reached an accord on legislation last Wednesday that would extend payroll tax cuts, authorizing the FCC to auction TV broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers, The Hill newspaper reports. The auctions …

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Army Cloud Email Move Restarting in March

The Army‘s plan to migrate enterprise email to the cloud will resume in the spring. Mike Krieger, the Army’s deputy chief information officer, said in a Friday blog post that the Defense Department enterprise email migrations would resume March 17. Krieger said email migration was paused in January after the …

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