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CIA Social Media Team: We Use Twitter to 'Explain Our Mission'

October 7, 2015 In January, the Central Intelligence Agency duped many of its hundreds of thousands of followers into believing its official Twitter account, @CIA, had befallen a Russian hack. That impression, CIA's social media lead Carolyn Reams admits, was all part of her plan. Reams and her small team of social media...

FirstNet Team Issues List of Cyber Concerns

October 7, 2015 A proposed broadband network for the nation's public-safety professionals must be robust against intrusions -- but not so much it prevents those professionals from accessing it in emergencies, according to a new notice from FirstNet, the federal group planning it. This is one of several requirements for the system's cyber...

EPA Wants to Tap the Crowd for Research Help

October 5, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency wants to ask citizens to contribute their own data for scientific research, potentially about topics such as air pollution. Last week, the agency announced plans to get clearance from the Office of Management and Budget for crowdsourcing projects. Asking citizens to contribute environmental data could help...

DHS Gets Its Own Digital Services Team

October 2, 2015 One of the White House's top techies is joining the Department of Homeland Security to set up its new digital services team. Eric Hysen was a founding member of the roughly year-old U.S. Digital Service team, a group of private-sector technologists assigned to help federal agencies solve IT problems such...

Report: Pentagon Made Fewer than Half of Recommended Cyber Fixes Last Year

October 1, 2015 In the span of one year, the Pentagon addressed fewer than half of the recommendations to shore up cyber vulnerabilities identified by its inspector general's office. All told, the Defense Department addressed 93 of 229 cyber recommendations made by the IG's office between Aug. 1 2014 and July 31, 2015,...

DOD's Current InfoSec Strategy Is 'Patch and Pray’

October 1, 2015 The Pentagon’s emerging technology agency faces almost continuous cyber threats. And according to Director Arati Prabhakar, its strategy so far has been to “patch and pray.” “I’ve been hacked; you’ve been hacked,” Prabhakar, who heads the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, said Wednesday at The Atlantic and Aspen Institute's Washington...

Jeh Johnson: 'Time Will Tell' Whether US Comes Under Chinese Cyberattack

October 1, 2015 It's unclear whether the U.S. can expect further cyberattacks from China, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday. Addressing an audience in Washington at The Atlantic and Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Forum, Johnson said he recently met with senior Chinese officials to discuss pulling back cyber-intrusions and cybercrime,...

Director: DARPA's Cyber Strategy So Far Has Been 'Patch and Pray'

September 30, 2015 The Pentagon’s emerging technology agency faces almost continuous cyber threats. And according to Director Arati Prabhakar, its strategy so far has been to “patch and pray.” “I’ve been hacked; you’ve been hacked,” Prabhakar, who heads the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, said Wednesday at The Atlantic and Aspen Institute's Washington...

How NGA Is Turning Disaster-Relief Mapping Into a Game

September 30, 2015 For more than a year, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been refining its open-source disaster mapping system, GeoQ. The system lets first responders document damage — tornado wreckage, for instance — and upload geo-tagged images to an open, crowdsourced, searchable map, helping to ensure responders aren't duplicating their clean-up and...

Q&A: How Games are Changing Federal Disaster Response

September 29, 2015 For more than a year, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been refining its open-source disaster mapping system, GeoQ. The system lets first responders document damage -- tornado wreckage, for instance -- and upload geo-tagged images to an open, crowdsourced, searchable map, helping to ensure responders aren't duplicating their clean-up and...