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Pentagon Cuts Mobile Device Costs By Half

September 26, 2017 The Pentagon’s phone bills just got a lot cheaper. The Defense Information Systems Agency slashed the device rates from $7.50 a month per device to $4.30 for smartphones and tablets for used for unclassified purposes. Devices accessing classified networks will soon cost $59 a month, down from $130 a month...

Survey: Most CIOs Say a Majority of Their Applications Are Out of Date

September 25, 2017 About 72 percent of federal chief information officers said the majority of applications in their agencies are legacy systems, a new survey finds. Less than half of respondents said that their agencies were “more effective at identifying and mitigating cyber risk today than we were a year ago,” according to...

Rep. Hurd’s Solution For Tech Talent Shortage: 10 Day Tours of Duty

September 25, 2017 If one lawmaker gets his way, a corps of tech companies will contribute a handful of employees to the federal government each quarter, for ten days at a time. It’s part of a plan Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, calls the “Cyber National Guard,” and he and his legislative staff are...

DHS Commercializes Two Nature-Themed Cyber Products

September 22, 2017 The Homeland Security Department has successfully transitioned two federally funded pieces of cybersecurity technology to be marketed to the commercial tech sector. Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory modeled MLSTONES and Digital Ants after phenomena found in nature. MLSTONES is a set of algorithms that use principles from protein...

What’s Blockchain’s Role In The Public Good?

September 21, 2017 Some federal agencies are experimenting with Blockchain—the same decentralized ledger system that keeps a record of every Bitcoin transaction—as a means for tracking adjustments to certain documents. The General Services Administration, for instance, is investigating using Blockchain as a piece of a pilot that aims to automate the process by...

Vint Cerf's Think Tank: Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated

September 21, 2017 A nonprofit founded by Google’s chief internet evangelist has an urgent message for governments globally: governments and society need to collaborate on tech policy. In a new report from the Internet Society, a think tank founded by Vint Cerf, authors recommend governments take a “multistakeholder” approach—inviting members of the public...

Federal Blockchain Projects Face a Familiar Talent Problem

September 20, 2017 Federal agencies are experimenting with blockchain technology—the tracking system that keeps bitcoin exchanges from being adjusted—but they might not have the talent to implement it. At the General Services Administration, where a blockchain proof-of-concept is currently under way, “we lack the personnel that have any type of technical training in...

Energy Department's Random Number Generator Could Make for Stronger Encryption

September 19, 2017 The Energy Department has technology that can generate random number sequences, and now it wants to commercialize it. It’s incredibly difficult to create a truly random sequence of numbers—often devices actually seed the sequence with the time or some other predictable number, according to the Energy Department. But a newly...

What the Intelligence Community Wants to Get Out of Tracking Its Workforce

September 18, 2017 An intelligence community project that aims to unobtrusively assess the psychological well-being of its human employees is underway. Research teams from Lockheed Martin, the University of Memphis, the University of Southern California, the University of Notre Dame, and a joint venture of MITRE and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory received awards from...

Could Whale Migration Be the Key to Smarter Naval Operations?

September 15, 2017 The way marine animals migrate or decide to settle in certain environments could be the key to more tactically sophisticated naval operations. A military research project aims to observe marine life, reframing the organisms living on the water’s surface and below the surface as “living sensors” that could “greatly increase...