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Q&A: White House Cyber Czar on Hiring Cyber Pros, Snowden and the Internet of Things

October 8, 2014 Every few months, at least, Americans are reminded -- by their bank, a major retailer and even the government -- to reset their log-ins, monitor their accounts and come up with even more inscrutable passwords for sensitive accounts. The problem is: Too few of us actually do it. Michael Daniel,...

The Quiet Rise of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

October 6, 2014 As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile -- attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the CIA nor the umbrage directed toward the National Security Agency. But even as other realms of spycraft have been battered by revelations over intrusive government surveillance, the...

With Technology and Transparency on its Side, NGA Ready for Its Day in the Sun

October 6, 2014 As far as intelligence agencies go, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has remained relatively low profile -- attracting neither the intrigue of, say, the CIA nor the umbrage directed toward the National Security Agency. But even as other realms of spycraft have been battered by revelations over intrusive government surveillance, the...

Here’s How the Incoming USAID Tech Guru Plans to Fight Ebola

October 2, 2014 Ruggedized tablets, belt-worn printers and a high-tech alternative to the stiflingly hot protective gear health-care workers must wear when dealing with patients. Those are some of the technology tools the incoming chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development says he plans to explore to combat the spread...

VanRoekel’s Successor: Why the Next Federal CIO Could be a Familiar Face

October 2, 2014 When the Obama administration sought to stand up a new White House office for fixing failing federal IT projects, it turned to Silicon Valley for a leader -- former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson. When Todd Park announced late last month his plan to leave his post as chief technology officer,...

Does the Intelligence Community Really Get Hadoop?

September 30, 2014 The intelligence community is collecting more data than ever. But does that mean the intelligence gleaned from these massive new stores of data is also getting better? Intelligence officials are naturally a little tight-lipped about the types of capabilities at their disposal. But current and former officials agreed the intelligence...

MAP: Just How Big is the World’s Largest Marine Reserve?

September 29, 2014 Last week, President Barack Obama announced an expansion of protected marine areas, creating the largest marine reserve in the world. Obama’s order expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to a total of 490,000 protected square miles -- six times its current size. The designation, which aims to...

Disarray or Dream Team? DHS Cyber Efforts Under Scrutiny

September 24, 2014 The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts have been been hamstrung by high-level turnover at the agency, fueled in part by the “lure of private security companies” willing to pay big bucks, according to a report this week in The Washington Post. Citing federal statistics, The Post reported the rate...

For White House Cyber Czar, Being Called a 'Total n00b' Just Comes with the Territory

September 19, 2014 Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, courted controversy last month when he gave an interview on his role setting cyber policy for the Obama administration. But it wasn’t his thoughts on how the government can better protect its IT systems from intrusions or how the feds should respond to...

US CIO Steven VanRoekel Steps Down

September 19, 2014 Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is unexpectedly departing his post at the White House today to join the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Ebola response team. In his new role as USAID chief innovation officer, VanRoekel will be responsible for advising the agency on using technology and data in...