IT Modernization

White House Wants More Input Before Finalizing New Government Research Center Structure

Officials are pondering the next steps as they sift through initial feedback on the proposed GEAR Center.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Declares War on Scooters

After seven rental scooters were abandoned at the Pentagon following this year’s September 11 remembrances, police say they will begin impounding the unauthorized rides. Bikes, too.

Sponsor Content

A Transformative Program for Government Agencies: The Next Generation Data Center

A typical IT hardware buy can take three to nine months. Numerous agencies are beginning to employ a consumption-based strategy to achieve markedly improved efficiencies while simultaneously reducing cost. Here is how agencies are navigating critical challenges with their data centers.

Cybersecurity

Symantec Fighting Copycat Election Websites

The company wants to catch fake websites before they make off with your personal information.

Cybersecurity

Company that Pushed Hackers out of DNC Now Protecting Government Systems

CrowdStrike is authorized to protect ‘moderate impact level’ cloud-based government systems.

Emerging Tech

NASA’s Beloved Mars Rovers Are Having a Rough Year

One was felled by a dust storm. And now the other has been sidelined by a technical glitch.

Emerging Tech

Watch a Space Robot Capture a Runaway Satellite With its Net

Space debris like an errant satellite can pose a risk to other things in orbit.

Data

DHS Needs More Data to Help Stop Bioterrorism

The agency is looking for nationwide information on medical interventions, food safety, wildlife health, travel itineraries and other health-related topics.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon’s Updated Cyber Strategy Focuses on ‘Assertively Defending’ U.S. Interests

The new strategy directs the department to deter cyber threats and cultivate its cyber talent.

Data

When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy.

Cybersecurity

Federal Judge Blasts Georgia’s ‘Dated, Vulnerable’ Voting System

The state avoided having to make a change in election equipment before the midterms, however.

Cybersecurity

White House Official Calls on Industry and Agencies to Share More Cyber Threat Info

Agencies should also start taking more tips from each other, according to an Office of Management and Budget cyber expert.

CIO Briefing

NASA’s First Female Chief Spaceflight Director is Holly Ridings

Ridings will lead all human spaceflight missions from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Ideas

Can Lightweight Encryption Save Us from the Internet of Things?

What makes each IoT device special is also what makes it vulnerable.

Cybersecurity

Facebook Introduces Bug Bounty Program For Third-Party Apps

The company will accept reports discovered from passive viewing only.

Cybersecurity

State Department Confirms Email Data Breach

The breach may have compromised employee personal information in less than 1 percent of email inboxes.

Data

NOAA Invests in a Second Round of Commercial Weather Data

The agency announced a second round of awards for its Commercial Weather Data Pilot as it preps for a third.