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Symantec CEO: Get Commercial Software Off National Security Systems

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Tech Companies Are Redefining How We Respond to Natural Disasters—in a Good Way

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In Preparation for Hurricane Irma, Floridians Are Downloading These Two Apps

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NASA’s Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them

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Outgoing OPM CIO Takes Michigan’s Top Tech Position

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Hackers Focus on Money By Spreading Adware and Porting Cellphone Numbers

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Senate Intel Bill Bars Creation of U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group

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Symantec CEO: Get Commercial Software Off National Security Systems
The biggest security vulnerability in U.S. national security computer systems may be the commercial software they’re built on, Symantec’s CEO Greg Clark said Wednesday. The inner workings of Tomahawk missiles aren’t publicly available and the computer systems that store sensitive national security data shouldn’t be either, the leader of the anti-virus firm said during an address at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security   Read More ...
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Is Trump's 'Wiretap' Claim Vindicated?
Viewed from the most obvious angle, the latest scoops about special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Paul Manafort are at best neutral news for the president and more likely bad news. The new reports say that U.S. officials got warrants to surveil Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, before and after the 2016 election under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and that Mueller told Manafort he would soon be indicted   Read More ...
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The Team-Building Rituals that Companies Love Can Actually Tear Workers Apart
If you’ve ever lost a glove somewhere on the streets of New York City, there’s a chance it’s found an unusual second life at the New York headquarters of OXO—the global housewares manufacturer. Enter the company’s open loft-style dining hall, and you’ll see a large white wall featuring hundreds of gloves, neatly organized in rows. Pinned beneath each glove (or pair) is a tag that tells the story of when and where the glove was found, and who did the finding   Read More ...
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Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?
The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips. It’s one thing to get a bunch of transistors on an integrated circuit to crunch numbers, even very large ones. But what the brain does is far more difficult. Processing vast amounts of visual data for use by huge, multi-cellular organism is very different from the narrow calculations of conventional math   Read More ...
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This Customer Experience Bill Is Building Momentum
Stephanie Thum, CCXP, is the former vice president of customer experience at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She is currently practice director, customer experience and analytics, at Capitol Management Consulting Services. Follow her on Twitter: @stephaniethum. While it's true that very few bills introduced in Congress become law, one piece of bipartisan legislation gaining momentum in the House right now is worth tracking, especially if digital tools, customer experience, and citizen experience are part of the world you live in   Read More ...
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What the Intelligence Community Wants to Get Out of Tracking Its Workforce
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 the intelligence community’s research and development unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity   Read More ...
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Analysts Are Quitting the State Department’s Anti-Propaganda Team
The chief technology officer at the U.S. State Department’s anti-propaganda center left last week, along with two other members of its analytics team, Defense One has learned. The departures raise new questions about the Global Engagement Center, the two-year-old office that remains leaderless nine months into the Trump administration. The State Department would not say how many data analysts remain at the Center, but one former senior official described the three team members as “the whole enchilada” and added “things are bad   Read More ...
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Tech Companies Are Redefining How We Respond to Natural Disasters—in a Good Way
A few days before Irma made landfall in Florida, Airbnb activated its disaster response program in the region, encouraging hosts to list their homes for free and inviting evacuees to seek shelter through its peer-to-peer platform. Uber said it would cap fares in south Florida so that no one got “an outrageous, higher-than-usual price.” Elon Musk unlocked the full battery life of Tesla’s 2016 Model X and Model S vehicles, so that drivers attempting to evacuate could get further on a single charge   Read More ...
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MIT Crowdsourcing Project Help Florida Residents Track Irma Flooding
Residents of Broward County, Florida, have an additional resource to navigate the effects of Hurricane Irma. On Friday, MIT's Urban Risk Lab launched a free open-sourced platform to map flooding in Broward County. Having up-to-date information on flooding is essential for both emergency responders and citizens. The platform, known as RiskMap, lets citizens submit their reports through direct messages to MIT chatbots on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook   Read More ...
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New Phones, Apple Watches, and More: What to Expect at Apple’s iPhone 10th-Anniversary Event
Next Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10am US Pacific time (1pm US Eastern), the lights will rise for the first time in the new Steve Jobs Theater, nestled beside the giant metallic donut that is Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California. We will be introduced, most likely, to the 10th installment in the iPhone franchise, along with a litany of other updates and gadgets   Read More ...
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Southwest Florida's Electrical Grid Will Need a 'Wholesale Rebuild'
Hurricane Irma slammed the west coast of Florida on Sunday, making landfall first in the Keys and then at Marco Island, 15 miles south of Naples. Since then, it’s been making its way northward, visiting destruction on the state as it weakens. As the storm progressed through Florida, it knocked out the lights all over the state. In a press conference Monday morning, Eric Silagy, the president of the state’s largest electric utility, Florida Power and Light, estimated that more than half the state is without power   Read More ...
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In Preparation for Hurricane Irma, Floridians Are Downloading These Two Apps
As Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida, residents of the state are preparing as much as possible. Some are even downloading specific apps. The app GasBuddy has become incredibly popular in the run up to the storm and was publicly recommended by Florida governor Rick Scott. The app helps users track down gas station locations and prices, and with the release of its latest update, lets users see which gas stations still have fuel   Read More ...
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Congress Wants Answers About the Equifax Breach
Cyber-focused lawmakers moved swiftly Thursday and Friday to respond to an enormous data breach at the credit rating agency Equifax, which could affect up to 143 million people, or about 44 percent of the U.S. population. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., asked the House Judiciary Committee to call a hearing where representatives from the three major credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—would testify both about the breach and about efforts to secure their computer systems against similar breaches in the future   Read More ...
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A Cybersecurity Breach at Equifax Left Pretty Much Everyone's Financial Data Vulnerable
On Thursday, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies, revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 143 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring. There are only around 125 million households in the U.S. According to the company’s statement, the cybersecurity breach started in May of this year and continued until it was discovered on July 29   Read More ...
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Nations That Hack the U.S. Could Face ‘Real World’ Consequences, Homeland Security Adviser Warned
White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert suggested the U.S. government may dole out “real world” punishment to nation-states that hack federal systems or violate agreed upon cybersecurity norms. The White House is exploring ways to deter cyber adversaries as called for by President Donald Trump’s May executive order, Bossert said at the Intelligence and National Security Summit Wednesday. “I think what we'll do on the deterrence side is end up figuring out a means and method outside cybersecurity to apply elements of national power to punish bad behavior commensurate with offense,” Bossert said   Read More ...
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NASA’s Next Head Wants it to Do Less Climate Science and More Weather Science, But You Can’t Separate Them
NASA has a likely new head, and like other people the Donald Trump administration has put in top science-related jobs, he’s not a big fan of climate-change research. Trump’s NASA nominee is Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma. In 2013, he told Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years ago” (not true) and that “global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with sun output and ocean cycles” (there is a small correlation, but plenty of research shows greenhouse gases play a far larger role)   Read More ...
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Tech Leaders Criticize DACA Decision
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it would be ending the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected 800,000 people brought to the United States as children. Since the announcement, protests have erupted around the country with people taking to the streets. Last week, tech industry executives, as well as other business leaders, wrote a public letter to the Trump Administration and Congress voicing their support for DACA and called for a permanent solution   Read More ...
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Homeland Security Adviser Urges Congress to Renew Controversial Surveillance Power
One of President Donald Trump’s top advisers called on Congress to reauthorize authorities that gives intelligence agencies the ability to collect and analyze communications of foreigners outside the U.S. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—set to expire in December—is the best means for intelligence agencies to monitor terrorist threats en masse given today’s internet-driven world   Read More ...
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Army Logistics Renews $135M Cloud Contract—And Gets Watson
In 2012, the U.S. Army turned to IBM and its cloud computing services to address its logistical challenges, which include managing hundreds of military bases and facilities, and coordinating the movement of several hundred thousand personnel and vehicles. According to an announcement today, the five-year partnership between the Army’s Logistics Support Activity and IBM will continue to the tune of a three-year, $135 million contract in which IBM will develop cloud services, software, analytics and cognitive computing for the Army   Read More ...
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With a New Designation for Ecstasy, the US Government Is Finally Acknowledging its Potential to Treat PTSD
The US Food and Drug Administration classifies MDMA—the primary active chemical in ecstasy and molly—as a Schedule 1 drug. From the perspective of the US government, MDMA (used recreationally as a party drug because it gives users a sense of euphoria) falls under the same umbrella as heroin, and is considered to have no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse   Read More ...
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Former State Cyber Coordinator Says it was a Mistake to Close his Office
When Chris Painter became the State Department’s first cyber coordinator in 2011, he had no international counterparts. The U.S., alone among nations, had decided the topics his office oversaw—developing international rules of the road in cyberspace, lobbying for a free and open internet, and helping developing nations build cyber emergency response teams—deserved its own office in the State Department. Now, there are more than 20 similarly positioned cyber executives at foreign ministries across the globe, but Painter’s office is vacant   Read More ...
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Hurricane Harvey’s Costs “May Blow Katrina Out of the Water,” According to the Government’s Lead Expert
While the rain continues to fall in Texas and Louisiana, analysts are scrambling to work out how much the damage done by Hurricane Harvey will cost. The US government won’t be releasing an exact estimate for a month but its lead expert says it looks like it will easily pass the $160 billion cost (in combined private sector and government spending) of Hurricane Katrina in 2005   Read More ...
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People Are Uploading Memes and Fake Documents to the FCC Website Using API Keys the Agency Gave Out
The US Federal Communications Commission has drawn criticism in recent months as its new chairman, former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, pushes to roll back key provisions of current net neutrality rules. The rules, which first went into place in 2010, require internet service providers like Verizon to offer equal access to all web content; Pai believes they were established based on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom,” and that they’re bad for business   Read More ...
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Outgoing OPM CIO Takes Michigan’s Top Tech Position
Weeks after announcing he would resign his role as the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management, David DeVries has been appointed as the state of Michigan’s CIO and Technology, Management and Budget director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “Michigan is recognized across the nation as a leader in IT and government management,” DeVries said in a statement   Read More ...
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After Harvey Took Out Communications, FEMA Set Up Its Own
Hurricane Harvey knocked chunks of Texas and Louisiana off the grid, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s in-house communication systems have kept federal rescue and recovery efforts up and running. As the storm closed in on the Texas coast Friday, FEMA converted part of its Washington, D.C., headquarters into a command center where agencies involved in the Harvey response can manage teams in the field around the clock   Read More ...
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Hurricane Harvey Leaves 190,000 Without Phone, Internet or TV Service
The Federal Communications Commission activated emergency measures Friday to help coordinate efforts to get hundreds of communications systems back online in the areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The storm left almost 190,000 TV, internet and phone customers in Texas and Louisiana without service as of 11 a.m. on Monday, up more than 40,000 from the previous day, according to the FCC   Read More ...
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Feds Warn Against Hurricane Harvey Charity Scams
Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 winds and record rainfall has left at least eight people dead and flooded major chunks of Houston, Texas. As first responders and several federal agencies respond to the emergency, they’re also warning citizens to investigate charities thoroughly before sending aid. Though many established charities have called for donations of more supplies—food, cleaning products and blood transfusions, for instance—the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently donors should work with “trusted voluntary organizations” approved by the National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster association   Read More ...
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Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood
As torrential rain continued and floods swelled in Texas this weekend, thousands of people trapped in Harvey’s path started calling 911 and other emergency lines for help. When they couldn’t get through, some started. “Please help I’m stranded with my kids I need help fast,” a user wrote to the Houston Police’s account on Twitter. “Our apartments are surrounded with water like an island we need rescue,” a woman pleaded   Read More ...
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Hackers Focus on Money By Spreading Adware and Porting Cellphone Numbers
The City of Beaumont, Texas on Thursday shut down the system it uses to accept water utility payments due to fears it had been breached. The city said some customers who used their credit and debit cards to pay their water bills reported unauthorized iTunes charges on statements, . The city said customers who paid their bills online between Aug. 1 and Aug   Read More ...
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Senate Intel Bill Bars Creation of U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group
A major intelligence policy bill would bar President Donald Trump from establishing a cybersecurity working group with Russia and order top administration officials to develop a plan to counter Russian meddling in future U.S. elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a draft of the bill in late July but only posted the full text this month. Trump floated the idea of a U   Read More ...
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Driverless Cars Will Make A Lot of Jobs Better, Not Destroy Them
The rise of autonomous vehicles will almost certainly mean lost jobs for a large portion of the nearly 4 million people in the US for whom driving is the main part of their work. These truck drivers, taxi and Uber drivers, and bus drivers (broadly referred to as motor vehicle operators) find themselves directly in the path of a revolutionary technological change that will reshape the global economy over time   Read More ...
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Washington, Not Silicon Valley, Leads the Way in Cybersecurity
It’s a common trope that government has a lot to learn from Silicon Valley when it comes to technology. But in cybersecurity, Washington is leading the way in many respects. When federal leaders and lawmakers praise industry’s tech savvy, they're usually talking about innovation, flexibility and speed to market. IT companies aren't burdened by a labyrinthine acquisition process. They can shift quickly when customers want something different, abandon failing efforts and push products out at the lowest cost   Read More ...
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Take a Bite Out of Android Oreo
The title of the latest Android operating system is here, and it sounds like it would be delicious dunked in a glass of milk. Google timed the announcement of the name Oreo to coincide with Monday's solar eclipse at an event held in New York City. But more important than the name, is what will change in this new operating system   Read More ...
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Lessons from the First Phases of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program
Patrick D. Howard, CISSP, CISM, Kratos Technology & Training Solutions, was lead author of this peer-reviewed article. With the advent of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program in August 2013, the Homeland Security Department committed to improving the security of U.S. civilian government information systems by expanding agency-level continuous monitoring and response capabilities. Since its inception, the goal of this $6 billion initiative has been to improve the cybersecurity posture of federal civilian government agencies by helping them increase visibility of their hardware and software assets and security vulnerabilities to allow them to make faster and more informed risk-based decisions   Read More ...
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Time’s Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure, Advisory Group Says
U.S. infrastructure is in “a pre-9/11 moment” when it comes to cybersecurity and time is running short to shore up its cyber defenses, an industry advisory committee warned Tuesday. If government and industry don’t dramatically boost their efforts to protect critical infrastructure, such as the financial system or electric grids, they risk missing a “narrow and fleeting window of opportunity before a watershed, 9/11-level cyberattack,” according to a report approved by the Homeland Security Department’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council   Read More ...
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Delayed NOAA Supercomputing Contract to be Bid Out in October
Like a ’90s-era desktop, the acquisition for high-performance computing services for one of the government’s foremost scientific agencies continues to lag. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—responsible for all U.S. weather forecasts—responded to industry questions regarding a $550 million contract that already slipped behind schedule in June. NOAA’s supercomputing systems are important for processing the increasingly large amounts of data it receives from weather satellites and other sensors   Read More ...
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How to Enjoy the Eclipse Without Burning Your Eyeballs
Getting excited for the total eclipse on Monday? It’s a pretty big deal: The last one to hit the continental United States was in . Watching this spectacle requires some preparation—like spectacles. Looking directly at the sun will literally fry your retinas, so don’t think you can just walk outside and stare up at the sky. First and most importantly, get a pair of eclipse glasses if you plan to watch in-person   Read More ...
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Trump Order Elevates Cyber Command
President Donald Trump elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command Friday, marking a crucial transition for the 7-year-old military unit that’s scheduled to reach full operating capability next year. The elevation was authorized in the most recent version of an annual defense policy bill in November and CYBERCOM has been prepping for the elevation for much of this year   Read More ...
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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft - no more than 1 to 2 feet in size - tumbled safely away from the International Space Station   Read More ...
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3D printing adds another dimension as tool for production, not just prototypes
Oliver Brossman struggled for years to find soccer shoes that fit properly and let him run after painful knee injuries. After a futile search, he decided to create his own. In hopes of making a better shoe, he turned to 3D printing to create custom-fit running shoes. He founded Prevolve, despite no coding knowledge or background in 3D printing. Three years of prototyping and testing later, the company just launched its first product, BioRunners, a high-end personalized running shoe designed to be better for your body   Read More ...
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