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DHS Adds Encryption Requirement to Radio Equipment Compliance Standards

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced an encryption requirement to a suite of standards for first responder radio platforms. DHS said Monday radio equipment that need encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard 256 to meet the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program‘s requirements. “The proliferation of proprietary and non-standard encryption capabilities has made …

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DHS S&T Directorate Unveils New Bluetooth Access Control Capacity for Virtual Mobile Infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has created and commercialized a new Bluetooth access control capacity for virtual mobile infrastructure on mobile devices. DHS said Wednesday the VMI platform offers no data-at-rest capacity on mobile devices which will help provide secure access to applications and enterprise data that …

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Report: DISA CTO David Mihelcic to Retire Before March

David Mihelcic, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, will retire later this month after a three-decade career in government, C4ISR and Networks reported Friday. Mark Pomerleau writes Mihelcic has advocated for efforts to reform the Defense Department‘s acquisition process and said he believes DoD should replace its current requirements-driven procurement system with a …

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White House Forms Public-Private Partnership for Climate Preparedness

The White House has established a public-private partnership comprising federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private businesses to provide information and tools in support of domestic and international climate preparedness efforts. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness seeks to identify priority-information needs, expand access to data and develop an open-source platform for climate data sharing, the White …

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NGA, NSF Offer 3-D Digital Elevation Models of Alaska Under ArcticDEM Project

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Science Foundation have unveiled a new batch of 3-D digital elevation models of Alaska from the ArcticDEM project that seeks to foster coordination of national efforts in the Arctic region. The release of the topographic maps serves to support decision-making on activities in the Arctic as part of a White …

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Washington University Engineering Team Receives Navy Grant to Develop Biorobotic Sensing Tech

A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri has secured a three-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Navy‘s Office of Naval Research to develop sensing technology based on the locust olfactory system. Engineers Baranidharan Raman, Srikanth Singamaneni and Shantanu Chakrabartty aim to use locusts’ sense of smell as basis for the development of a biorobotic …

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Report: DHS to Open Up Geodata on Critical US Facilities

The Department of Homeland Security plans to give the public access to an online repository of location data about government facilities, power plants, mining sites, school buildings and other critical infrastructure assets in the U.S., Fedscoop reported Friday. Grayson Ullman writes the DHS will open up 250 geospatial datasets catalogued by the Homeland Infrastructure …

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University-Led Consortium to Support NIST, NSF Manufacturing Efforts; Willie May Comments

The University of Michigan will head a consortium to provide private-sector support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Science Foundation‘s education, training, research and development efforts in manufacturing. NIST said Friday the MForesight consortium will collaborate with subject-matter experts and working groups from industry and academia to provide tools and insight to …

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FCC Appoints TIA Director Brian Scarpelli as Cyber Working Group’s Co-Chairman; Scott Belcher Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has named Brian Scarpelli, director of government affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, co-chairman of a cybersecurity-focused working group under FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council. Scarpelli will co-lead CSRIC’s Secure Hardware and Software — Security by Design group with Joel Molinoff, chief information security officer …

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