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Border Walls Work in Cities, DHS Officials Tell Lawmakers

July 25, 2017 If Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's spring prediction comes true, building a physical wall that spans the entire U.S. Mexican border is "unlikely." What's more likely is a mix of advanced surveillance technology, a fortified physical barrier, and agents cracking down on people trying to enter or transmit drugs into...

Immigration Agency Wants to Blend Data Science, Agile and Security

July 24, 2017 DevOps, meet DevSecOps. The Homeland Security Department is looking beyond the buzzy "DevOps" management approach—blending the software development and the operations staff to encourage closer collaboration—to "DevSecOps," which throws security teams into that mix. A more conventional approach might keep these groups separate until shortly before the product launch. U.S....

5 States Sign Up for National Public Safety Network

July 23, 2017 A public-private partnership aiming to build a nationwide broadband network for first responders is under way, but lawmakers are still concerned about the network’s future cybersecurity and reliability. The network is designed to allow law enforcement, emergency medical teams and other disaster response groups to communicate more reliably with each...

5 States Sign Up for National Public Safety Network

July 21, 2017 A public-private partnership aiming to build a nationwide broadband network for first responders is under way, but lawmakers are still concerned about the network’s future cybersecurity and reliability. The network is designed to allow law enforcement, emergency medical teams and other disaster response groups to communicate more reliably with each...

The Federal Government Wants Developers' Help with Quality Control

July 20, 2017 Ruby on Rails experts, the federal government wants to hear from you. A government technology team is looking for information about code reviewers: Outside groups that can scan source code and web applications for potential improvements or, sometimes, bugs. The Technology Transformation Services, part of the General Services Administration and...

Is That Really You Typing? New Pentagon Tech Will Know

July 20, 2017 The Pentagon could soon do away with authentication cards if a new approach takes off: using a person's typing behavior to verify their identities. Within three to five seconds— 12 to 25 keystrokes—a new product called Biotracker can collect enough data about a computer user to distinguish them from others...

Survey: Government Workers Have a Confidence Problem—At Least When It Comes to I.T.

July 19, 2017 As a whole, the people who work for the government aren’t convinced that they—or their organizations—can handle major IT operations, a survey found. In a poll of more than 1,200 public-sector employees and government contractors nationwide, 62 percent were only as confident, or less confident, than they were last year...

Is That Really You Typing? New DOD Tech Will Know

July 19, 2017 The Pentagon could soon do away with authentication cards if a new approach takes off: using a person's typing behavior to verify their identity. Within three to five seconds—12 to 25 keystrokes—a new product called Biotracker can collect enough data about a computer user to distinguish them from others in...

U.S. Digital Service Shares First Priorities Under Trump

July 18, 2017 An Obama-era technology troubleshooting team has continued under President Donald Trump, maintaining projects some experts suspected would be shuttered in the new administration. The U.S. Digital Service, a task force of professionals recruited from the private sector, was established to tackle some of the federal government's highest profile and highest...

Watchdog: Without a Plan, Motor Carrier Safety Agency Can’t Update I.T.

July 17, 2017 A Transportation Department agency needs a more specific plan for upgrading its technology, a watchdog report says. The Government Accountability Office dinged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration—whose mission is to reduce the number of bus and commercial vehicle crashes in the United States—for having a vague IT strategic plan...