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NASA Helps Tame Earth-Based Fires Using Space-Based Technology

July 22, 2015 A new space-based technology from NASA can provide firefighters with a more detailed view of wildfires before they spread. Announced last week, the fire-detection tool receives data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite, which allows users to get a clearer view of fires by providing location...

Security Experts Point to OPM’s Biggest Cybersecurity Failure

July 21, 2015 Before falling victim to the massive breach of federal employee records announced last month, the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general had repeatedly raised red flags about the agency’s outdated security practices. OPM stored most of its data on uncertified systems and failed to implement multifactor authentication on any of...

A 'Powerful' Cyber Tool Created by Government Now On the Market

July 16, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has just introduced a fresh piece of cybersecurity technology into the commercial market. The Network Mapping System is a software tool meant to help users protect their network by detailing everything connected to it, including the types of machines, operating systems...

Machine-Only Hacking Competition Produces 7 Finalists

July 15, 2015 After 24 hours of hacking, seven teams were dubbed finalists in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s multiyear Cyber Grand Challenge. Each team competed in a rapid-fire, machine-only game of “capture the flag,” which involved reverse engineering software to uncover and repair security issues hidden in code. Teams were evaluated...

Defending the Digital Consumer

July 14, 2015 This story appears in the July-August issue of Government Executive magazine. Julie Brill has a pretty good idea what the Internet will look like in five years: It won’t exist. The Federal Trade Commission executive believes everyone will have so many devices deeply woven into the Internet, that the line...

Justice Department Plans Major Office Tech Upgrade

July 13, 2015 The Justice Department is planning a major tech refresh. Citing evolving technology and an increasingly mobile workforce, DOJ envisions an “office of the future,” which would upgrade much of the technology agency employees use. DOJ is still in the market research phase, but a July 13 Request for Information provides...

Not Just OPM -- Agency Cybersecurity Incidents on the Rise

July 10, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management breach affecting millions of federal employees and contractors has served to shine a bright spotlight on cyberattacks. While the OPM hack may be one of the most devastating to hit government, the department itself is far from alone in being the target of hackers. Since...

Tweeting About the New $10 Bill? Treasury’s Keeping Tabs on Your Tweets

July 10, 2015 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date Treasury began the social media initiative. Next time you tweet about the Treasury Department, chances are good the agency will not only read and analyze what you wrote, but republish it. Late last month, Treasury announced a new program to...

What the Federal Government Can Learn from Disney World: Q&A with Greg Godbout

July 9, 2015 Two years ago, the most magical place on Earth stopped relying on pixie dust and turned to the techies. Disney World began implementing an intricate billion-dollar system of electronic wristbands, called MagicBands, which provide the thousands of guests who enter the park every hour easier access to food, hotel rooms...

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Defending The Digital Consumer

July 8, 2015 Julie Brill has a pretty good idea what the Internet will look like in five years: It won’t exist. The Federal Trade Commission executive believes everyone will have so many devices deeply woven into the Internet, that the line between online and offline will simply cease to exist, Brill says....