Technology

Janet Napolitano: DHS Must Maintain Cyber Focus

Janet Napolitano recommended the Department of Homeland Security continue efforts to build up the nation’s cybersecurity posture as part of her farewell speech Monday, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Phil Mattingly writes Napolitano, who stepped down from the homeland security secretary post after four years, warned future cyber attacks could disrupt the country’s economy in …

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NASA Demos 3D-Printed Rocket Component; Greg Barnett Comments

NASA has tested a rocket engine injector produced by 3D printing as part of a public-private partnership initiative that seeks to explore cost-effective approaches to building space hardware. The agency will make test data publicly available through the Marshall Space Flight Center’s materials and processes information system database, NASA said …

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DigitalGlobe Asks NOAA to Modify Satellite Image Resolution Standards; Walter Scott Comments

DigitalGlobe has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to change its satellite image resolution requirements as the company seeks business opportunities in international markets, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Colin Clark writes the company wants NOAA to lift the half-meter detail restriction on images and issue a license for developing a …

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Marine Corps, Army Offer Warfighters Biometrics ID Device

The U.S. Marine Corps and the Army are fielding a portable device that works to analyze biological information and help warfighters verify the identities of individuals they come across during operations. The biometric enrollment and screening device aims to facilitate high-risk security measures that include base access, border control, counterintelligence screening …

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Report: Agencies Use Cloud Tech to Reduce FOIA Backlog

Federal agencies have been using cloud-computing technologies to help process Freedom of Information Act requests, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller said migration-as-a-solution is growing in popularity as most departments want a virtual environment that can systematically load, find and process documents such as automatic redaction. At the Federal …

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DoD Extends Cybersecurity Policies to Industrial Control Systems

The Defense Department wants to expand the coverage of its cybersecurity guidance to include industrial control systems devices, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes the new regulations will cover systems that run water, air conditioning, heating, electrical, telecommunications and physical security facilities. The article says DoD CIO Teri …

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Army Wraps Up Cloud Email Move; Michael Krieger Comments

The U.S. Army has completed the migration of its email service to a cloud computing infrastructure, aiming to save $380 million in costs by 2017, the Army Press Service reported Tuesday. Margaret McBride writes the Department of Defense Enterprise Email program resulted from an initiative started two years ago to update …

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NIST Issues Revised Manuals on Cybersecurity Mgmt

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released new versions of two manuals on computer security, aiming to help information technology workers prevent cyber attacks. Each document includes methods and techniques intended to protect virtual networks and information systems from suspicious programs and applications that can damage or disrupt …

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