Data Management


Guidelines take stab at guarding personal information

New NIST guidelines describe what constitutes personally identifiable information and how it should be protected.

Tricare extends Web-based mental health counseling demo

The Tricare Assistance Program allows enrollees to use the Internet and a webcam to speak "face-to-face" with mental health counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the privacy of the beneficiary's computer.

Federal CTO calls on agencies to innovate

Aneesh Chopra describes what he's observed among agencies as the deadline for publishing open government plans draws near.

Microsoft and Adobe collaborating on security patches

Adobe, apparently in recognition of its growing number of vulnerabilities, could eventually issue its patches via Windows Update.

Information handcuffs: Counterterrorism IT needs support from the top, Congress told

Intelligence agencies face policy and privacy questions as they look to harness IT to fix problems identified after the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt.

Updated crypto standards will have an impact on security products

With new standards in the works for a Secure Hashing Algorithm and cryptographic modules, vendors of security products will have a new set of requirements they will have to meet to sell to government agencies. Some are already planning for the changes.

Verizon releases framework for reporting security incidents

There is a trend toward standardizing language used to identify vulnerabilities and threats, but so far the trend has not extended to the reporting of security incidents.

NTIA seeks help in meeting open government mandates

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking for a contractor to build content management and social networking Web sites in its effort to become more open and transparent.

Microsoft defends BitLocker, issues SP2 updates

Microsoft defended its BitLocker data encryption tool after a hack was demonstrated at the Black Hat Washington, D.C. conference that might affect it.

Microsoft announces Dynamics AX to retail midyear

Microsoft unveiled Dynamics AX for Retail, a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo

The weakest link in anti-terror systems

President Obama described recent failures in anti-terrorism efforts as systemic. But they were not failures of systems; they were failures of human beings using the systems.

Shawn P. McCarthy

How to know the source of shared data

As data is shared, multiple copies of that data can emerge. A Tagged Data Authority Server could help solve the question of who has authority over the data by maintaining the master copy.