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Lights Out: US Smart Grid Vulnerable to Hackers around the World

As the Department of Energy seeks to implement the Smart Grid, a modern electricity network delivering power using two-way digital communications technology, has also created points of vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid. Kenneth Van Meter, general manager of Energy and Cyber Services for Lockheed Martin, whose company has partnered …

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Sunny Side Up: White House to Install Solar Panels

Despite mediocre poll numbers and the sense of doom clouding hopes for Democratic success in November, things may have gotten a little sunnier at the White House. The Obama administration this week announced plans to install solar panels on the White House roof to demonstrate President Barack Obama’s commitment to …

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Big IT Deals Can be Complicated for Contractors

The past month saw the awarding of large-scale federal IT contracts that could save the government money, Nextgov.com reports. But, the multibillion contracts that might cut costs for the government can often be a thorn in the side of contractors. The Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and …

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Feds Procrastinate on Cyber Deadline

Federal agencies may miss a key deadline in the implementing of new cybersecurity reporting guidelines, according a recently published survey. Only a small minority of federal managers have used the new CyberScope reporting tool, according to a survey of 34 chief information officers across a number of federal agencies conducted …

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Business Booming for Cyber Contractors

Government contractors are building in the hope that, soon, business will be booming. The Washington Post reports local contractors are building new offices, opening new division and hiring more people to staff positions in cybersecurity – an area they anticipate develop and pay dividends. The new head of U.S. Cyber …

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Cyber Warfare is Coming, Lynn Says

Cyber warfare will likely be a battlefield weapon in future conflicts, William J. Lynn III, deputy defense secretary, said at the Council on Foreign Relations last week. “Any major future conflict will almost certainly include elements of cyber warfare,” he said. “And the threat posed by cyber warfare extends far …

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Phoning It In: Senate Passes Teleworking Bill

More federal workers could be phoning it in – in a good way, as the Senate approved new teleworking legislation Sept. 30. The bill, which is similar to one passed by the House of Representatives in July, makes all federal workers eligible to telecommute and stipulates that teleworking be part …

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Kundra Sets IPv6 Deadline

The Obama administration’s federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has set a timeline for adopting Internet Protocol version 6 for use on public servers by the end of 2012. In a Sept. 28 memo, Kundra laid out “specific steps for agencies to expedite the operational deployment and use of IPv6.” …

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House Net Neutrality Bill a No-Go

Chairman of the House Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday he will not push a net neutrality bill, which had leaked earlier this week, because it failed to garner enough Republican support. “This legislative initiative was predicated on going forward only if we had full bipartisan support in our …

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Not Your Parents’ High-School Science Club

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the launch of a new $10 million initiative aimed at providing high-tech equipment to high schools. The MENTOR program, short for Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach, will be a partnership between the defense agency and private contractors and will also encourage cyber-electro-mechanical innovation through …

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