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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...

DARPA Looking for Tech to Protect the 'Internet of Things'

September 28, 2015 The Pentagon's emerging technology agency wants to know what a device's thermal output shows about potential cyberintrusions. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Innovation Office plans to award tens of millions of dollars -- $36 million for the first phase -- for technology that could monitor devices in the...

What Big Data Means for Human Subjects in Federal Research

September 25, 2015 New data analysis technology could help federally-funded researchers crunch more information, leading to scientific breakthroughs. But it could also potentially expose their human test subjects' personal information, a new proposal suggests. Several federal groups -- including the departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Education --...

NIH Wants to License Out a Mobile App to the Private Sector

September 24, 2015 The National Institutes for Health is trying to commercialize its inventions by licensing them out, a new Federal Register notice shows. The technology available for licensing includes a mobile app that monitors users' psychological health by asking them questions throughout the day, as well as research that could be useful...

Energy Department CTO Stepping Down, Joining the Private Sector

September 24, 2015 The Energy Department's chief technology officer, Pete Tseronis, is leaving his post to join the private sector, according to a blog post on LinkedIn. Tseronis plans to leave by the end of October, he wrote. Tseronis, who described himself as an "innovation advocator for the technology transfer and commercialization of...

EPA Needs to Get Better at Recording IT Spending

September 23, 2015 The Environmental Protection Agency hasn't been adequately reporting tech investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an inspector general audit. EPA has been "noncompliant with its current policy" in recording its $334 million in IT investments, the report said. "Thus, the EPA is at risk of not managing...

Federal Cybersecurity Second Only to Finance Industry, New Report Says

September 22, 2015 Relative to other industries, the federal government is pretty well protected against cyberattacks, a new report claims. Out of six industries, finance is most prepared to fend off cyberthreats, but the federal government isn't far behind, according to Cambridge, Massachusetts-based security assessment firm BitSight Technologies. The federal government is "currently...

What Facebook’s ‘Lean In’ Guru Can Teach Troops

September 21, 2015 On Tuesday, a group of about 15 women gathered in one of the largest office buildings in the U.S. just outside Washington, D.C., to discuss biases against women in the workplace. It was just one of the 24,000 "Lean In Circles" held nationwide, but this one took place at the...