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Is Your Agency Ready to Solve Its Problems?

October 16, 2017 A Stanford University team has come up with an algorithm assessing whether agencies are ready for solutions to the challenges they face. Federal agencies have no shortage of problems but articulating them is another one, according to the team that developed the “Hacking for Defense” and “Hacking for Diplomacy” classes,...

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

October 14, 2017 A broadband network exclusively for first responders may soon have a dedicated app store filled with public safety-related products. FirstNet, the Commerce Department-led partnership with AT&T to build out the nationwide network, this week debuted a program that lets developers submit smartphone and tablet applications for approval. Eventually, first responders...

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

October 13, 2017 A broadband network exclusively for first responders may soon have a dedicated app store filled with public safety-related products. FirstNet, the Commerce Department-led partnership with AT&T to build out the nationwide network, this week debuted a program that lets developers submit smartphone and tablet applications for approval. Eventually, first responders...

Trump’s Tech Office Wants More Short-Term Talent

October 12, 2017 While key White House technology leadership positions remain unfilled, President Donald Trump’s technology office is looking for ways to bring business professionals into government for short-term projects. The Office of American Innovation, a new office Trump established to update federal technology, could model some of its recruitment efforts after digitally...

5 Ways Congress Can Grow the Internet of Things

October 10, 2017 A Congressional effort to advance the internet of things is progressing as a government watchdog gathers information about the wireless spectrum required to support billions of connected devices. Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cofounders of the Congressional Internet of Things caucus, requested a Government Accountability Office investigation...

The FBI’s Cyber Strategy: Shame The Hackers

October 6, 2017 The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to publicly shame cyber criminals after they’ve been caught as part of an effort to make sure malicious actors don’t count on anonymity. “You will be identified pursued, and held to account no matter where you are in the world,” Paul Abbate, the FBI’s...

Border Security Markup Includes Smart Wall Provisions

October 5, 2017 A House effort to incorporate sensors, radar and other surveillance technology into a border wall with Mexico appears to be gaining traction. The House Homeland Security Committee this week passed the Border Security for America Act, which sets aside $10 billion for the deployment of the wall and supporting technology...

The White House's Cyber Tool Wish List

October 5, 2017 The White House is making progress on the steps required by President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order, the acting federal chief information security officer said Wednesday. In late August, for instance, a White House advisory group shared a draft of its plans to modernize government technology, including encrypting more data...

FBI’s Cyber Strategy: Shame The Hackers

October 5, 2017 The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to publicly shame cyber criminals after they’ve been caught as part of an effort to make sure malicious actors don’t count on anonymity. “You will be identified pursued, and held to account no matter where you are in the world,” Paul Abbate, the FBI’s...

The White House's Cyber Tool Wish List

October 4, 2017 The White House is making progress on the steps required by President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order, the acting federal chief information security officer said Wednesday. In late August, for instance, a White House advisory group shared a draft of its plans to modernize government technology, including encrypting more data...