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NIST Wants To Know How Utility Companies Can Deter Hackers

February 17, 2017 A new federal effort aims to help energy companies protect themselves from hackers trying to shut down the power grid. It's not exactly a far-off threat. Last year, a Ukrainian utility company suspected cyber intruders caused a major power outage; the year before that, a U.S. cyber firm concluded a...

An Interior Data Center's Security May Have Exposed Data for Years

February 17, 2017 An Interior Department agency's cybersecurity protection may have left "thousands of critical and high-risk vulnerabilities" unaddressed for years, a watchdog report shows. The Bureau of Indian Affairs didn't ensure contractors managing a data center were implementing the Interior Department's IT security program, which may have ensured those vulnerabilities were detected,...

US Military Is Looking to Add AI to Its Cyber Defense

February 17, 2017 Data center consolidation continues to vex the Pentagon's top technology officer as he prepares to retire. "There's still a lot of work to do," Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Wednesday. He listed lagging data center consolidation efforts as one of his failures. Though his tenure has...

Hatch's Innovation Plan: Reform H-1B Program, Protect Federal IT

February 16, 2017 Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wants to allow high-skilled immigrants to support the American tech industry as long as they want to stay in the United States, and their companies aren't abusing the system to offshore jobs. Protecting the H-1B visa process from abuse—that visa classification allows companies to offer select...

Outgoing DOD CIO: 'There's Still A Lot of Work To Do'

February 16, 2017 Data center consolidation continues to vex the Pentagon's top technology officer as he prepares to retire. "There's still a lot of work to do," Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Wednesday. He listed lagging data center consolidation efforts as one of his failures. Though his tenure has...

DOD's Next-Gen Electronic Health Records System Is Now Live At One Site

February 15, 2017 A small piece of a years-long effort to revamp military health records is finally live, after a new IT system was deployed last week at an Air Force base in Spokane, Washington. The electronic health record platform, Military Health System GENESIS, or MHS GENESIS, is now in use at the...

Lawmakers Want Self-Driving Cars To Thrive But Still Fear Hacks

February 15, 2017 In a House hearing Tuesday, lawmakers extolled the many potential benefits of self-driving cars, including fewer traffic deaths and transportation options for the blind, elderly or disabled. It was the first meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, during which lawmakers probed witnesses...

Tech Companies Prep for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan—Even Without Details

February 14, 2017 For the past few years, French entrepreneur Fabrice Brassart has been building what he thinks will be the backbone of the city of the future: a network of app-summoned self-driving cars that seamlessly navigate roads on a rubber pad lined with radio frequency identification tags. It’s an ambitious project that’s...

Trump's Smartphone Habits Worried Lawmakers Before Mar-a-Lago

February 13, 2017 President Donald Trump faces security concerns this week after a paying guest at Mar-a-Lago uploaded photos on Facebook of the staffer responsible for carrying the nuclear football, a briefcase containing nuclear codes. The incident—coupled with reports that Trump's team conducted official meetings in the open at Mar-a-Lago and examined national...

Service Robots Will Soon Be Making 'House Calls In Space'

February 10, 2017 The Pentagon is developing robots that can repair satellites in space, more than 20,000 miles above Earth. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen Space Systems Loral as a commercial partner for that program, which would build robots capable of inspecting and servicing geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites—that is, the...

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