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BlackBerry Says It’s Staging a Comeback - But Nobody Told the Feds

November 7, 2014 BlackBerry insists it’s staging a comeback. The company has installed a new leadership team, slashed operating expenses by $2 billion over the past year, stabilized its cash flow -- and is still making “awesome” devices, according to the company’s new chief operating officer. "Reports of our death have been greatly...

How Can Technology Fight Ebola in Off-the-Grid West Africa?

November 6, 2014 Leveraging technology to combat Ebola in West Africa was always going to be an uphill fight. “You have very little cellphone coverage,” said Steven VanRoekel, chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. “You have unreliable power everywhere. Devices you would want to put out to the field...

In Off-the-Grid West Africa, How Can Tech Fight Ebola?

November 6, 2014 Leveraging technology to combat Ebola in West Africa was always going to be an uphill fight. “You have very little cellphone coverage,” said Steven VanRoekel, chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. “You have unreliable power everywhere. Devices you would want to put out to the field...

‘Posting and Praying’: Why Agencies’ Old-School Approach to Recruiting Tech Talent Needs an Update

November 5, 2014 U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants college students to think of working for Uncle Sam as sort of like Teach for America. “So many kids at the top schools apply” for the short-term teaching fellowships, Smith told The New York Times in a recent interview. “I’d like...

Does Anybody Really Know How Many Cyber Professionals the Government Needs?

November 3, 2014 Nearly everyone agrees there’s a shortage of cybersecurity professionals across government. But quantifying the precise cyber talent gap remains an inexact science. "We always hear from agencies that they need more cybersecurity people, but they have a very difficult time pointing to what those positions are,” Tim Polk, assistant director...

Geospatial Agency Goes Unclassified for Ebola Effort

October 24, 2014 The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched a public website, featuring unclassified geospatial imagery and tools, to aid U.S. and international efforts to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The agency has turned its powerful capabilities over to unclassified disaster-relief work before, including after Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the...

Congress Wants to Probe the Internet of Things. Here’s What It Should Focus On

October 22, 2014 Congress is notoriously behind the curve when it comes to technology. (“Series of tubes,” anyone?) But now, a group of senators from a key Capitol Hill committee wants to plunge headlong into what some have hailed as the next frontier in computing -- the so-called Internet of Things, which describes...

Is FedRAMP Toothless? Rogue Cloud Systems Abound at Agencies, IGs Say

October 15, 2014 Many agencies blew off a deadline this summer to make sure their cloud computing systems met baseline security standards. And it appears they’ll face little reproof for doing so. Inspectors general at 19 agencies banded together to evaluate the government’s cloud computing efforts and published their findings in a recently...

Intelligence Community Needs More Than a Few Good Women

October 10, 2014 It’s no secret the intelligence community’s reputation has taken a drubbing in recent years. Maybe the solution is more women in leadership roles. “I believe that many of the missteps and mistakes that the intelligence community has made over the years happened, at least to some extent, because a bunch...

Millennials Kind of Clueless About Cybersecurity Careers

October 9, 2014 The demand for skilled cybersecurity positions is growing 12 times faster than the broader labor market and last year alone, there were nearly 210,000 open cybersecurity positions nationwide. That’s according to new survey research from Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance released in October to mark National Cybersecurity Awareness...