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Bill Aims to Clarify When and How the Government Discloses Software Vulnerabilities

May 17, 2017 On the heels of a major ransomware attack that first plagued the national health service in Britain and then spread globally, U.S. lawmakers want to codify the process by which the government shares newly discovered vulnerabilities with software vendors and the public. A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill...

Hiring Cyber Talent Is Key In Pentagon's Potential 'Offensive Measures'

May 17, 2017 The Senate Armed Services’ cyber subcommittee wants the Defense Department to be ready for offensive cyber operations and to recruit supporting talent. The federal government needs to be prepared to "engage in offensive measures, if required," SASC Deputy General Counsel Samantha Clark said on a panel Tuesday at the Executive...

GAO Lists Pros and Cons of Internet of Things for Congress

May 16, 2017 Congress has recently been interested in the internet of things—a term for a connected network of devices and sensors—and tasked a federal watchdog to investigate its costs and benefits. The Government Accountability Office's findings? That the internet of things stands to benefit consumers and the public sector. High-tech baby clothes,...

Open Data Needs More than Executive Orders, Think Tank Says

May 15, 2017 Executive orders aren't enough to bolster federal open data programs, and Congress needs to step up, a technology advocacy group says. Congress has taken a handful of meaningful steps recently to encourage federal agencies to share data with each other and the public, according to a new Center for Data...

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence That Doesn't Forget Everything It Knows

May 15, 2017 Biological organisms are pretty good at navigating life’s unpredictability, but computers are embarrassingly bad at it. That’s the crux of a new military research program that aims to model artificially intelligent systems after the brains of living creatures. When an organism encounters a new environment or situation, it relies on...

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence That Doesn't Forget Everything It Knows

May 12, 2017 Biological organisms are pretty good at navigating life’s unpredictability, but computers are embarrassingly bad at it. That’s the crux of a new military research program that aims to model artificially intelligent systems after the brains of living creatures. When an organism encounters a new environment or situation, it relies on...

Senate Sites Are HTTPS By Default

May 11, 2017 Connections to Senate websites are encrypted by default, as the congressional branch has adopted the HTTPS security protocol for all sites, ZDNet reported. As of last week, the Senate has been using the protocol by default, which encrypts the passwords and visitors' other sensitive data over a network, making it...

A Drone Inspects a Bridge. Now What?

May 11, 2017 Are drones better safety inspectors than humans? That's what a Transportation Department research project aims to find out. DOT's Federal Highway Administration wants to investigate whether unmanned aerial systems should be used to assure the construction quality of bridges and to identify safety hazards. Drones can reach higher observation points...

Tired of Long Airport Screenings? TSA Wants Tech to Cut Lines.

May 10, 2017 The Transportation Security Administration doesn't like long airport security lines any more than passengers do. That's why it's looking for ideas about how to improve the screening process. This week, TSA issued a broad agency announcement—a solicitation for research about a particular topic—in search of “Innovative Demonstrations for Enterprise Advancement,”...

FTC Wants to Help Small Businesses Spot Cyber Scams

May 10, 2017 If you're a small business owner receiving Facebook messages about a business grant you've won, you might be the target of a cyber scam—and the Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure you don't fall victim. FTC this week launched a new site designed to help small businesses protect themselves...