Data Management


Standards body issues draft advisory on maintaining open government data

While building out publicly facing data repositories, government agencies should separate the user interface layer from the data being presented, the World Wide Web Consortium says in a draft report on maintaining open government data.

Agencies should plan now to enable IPv6 on public-facing servers

As the pool of IPv4 addresses dries up, agencies need to begin planning now for an Internet whose growth will be in the IPv6 address space, according to American Registry for Internet Numbers President John Curran.

Unpatched applications on Web servers, clients are weakest links in cybersecurity

A study of six months worth of data about cyberattacks and patch management show that unpatched applications are the chinks in network defenses that are being exploited by criminals and nation-states.

OMB architect identifies 'semantic harmonization' as key to effective enterprise architecture

The Federal Enterprise Architecture is moving toward a more shared architecture that looks across boundaries, according to Kshemendra Paul, chief architect with the Office of Management and Budget.

NIST releases specs for crypto key establishment

Special Publication 800-56B recommends specifications for establishing and transporting cryptographic keying material using the ANS X9.44 standard.

Oracle unveils 11g Release 2 version of its database software

Oracle has released the first major update of its flagship database in two years with an upgrade focused on server consolidation, improved storage and extended data warehouse performance.

Who is sending mysterious laptops to governors?

The FBI is investigating unsolicited laptop computers sent to several governors’ offices.

USASpending.gov slammed for sloppy design

A consultant says noncompliance with federal Section 508 requirements, which call for electronic and information technology to be made accessible to people with disabilities, is one of many shortcomings that limit the effectiveness of USASpending.gov.

Microsoft warns of bug in Internet Information Services Server — again

For the second time this year, Microsoft issued a security advisory for possible vulnerabilities in its Internet Information Services Web server software.

Automated reporting brings order to U.S. Court's pretrial services

At a federal court in California, pretrial services officials have implemented a kiosk-based reporting system to streamline services for defendants and help officers more easily keep track of their cases.

When planning for information assurance, factor in the people

Because people issues usually trump technology issues, executives need to establish an IT security program that considers the people and the organization's regulatory environment, writes Ben Apple of Telos Corp.