Defense IT

Desktop virtualization: Is the future now?

As smart phones and tablets redefine personal computing, agencies across the United States are giving desktop virtualization a fresh look. Could yours be next?

Can NSA be trusted to oversee public networks?

A lack of transparent oversight of the agency charged with snooping on foreign communications makes it a poor choice for handling domestic security.

Smart-grid security delayed by questions of government regulation

With billions of dollars being invested a smart electric grid, its security still is being debated by a Congress divided politically over the role of government in securing critical infrastructure.

NSA: Inconsistent products preventing secure Android phones

The agency wants to enable top-secret security on commercial smart phones but can't find the standards-based commercial products that meet its needs.

DOD wants in on protecting civilian infrastructure

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter calls for support of greater info sharing between government and the private sector at the 2012 RSA Conference.

DARPA's $40K 'quest' tests social media's ability to help in emergency

The CLIQR Quest Challenge asks participants to use their social media skills to locate QR codes that represent resources crews would need in an emergency.

Which is the bigger threat, missiles or hackers?

In a study on cybersecurity attitudes, one-third of security officials rated computer security higher than missile defense.

Could you continue to operate under cyberattack?

In the cybersecurity world, the military model of mitigating damage when operating in degraded conditions is increasingly applicable.

DARPA wants high-bandwidth communications without infrastructure

The Defense Department's research arm is developing new methods to provide cell tower-grade communications to warfighters, even in remote and rugged areas.

'Janitor satellite' would clean up space junk

The Swiss Space Center's CleanSpace One project aims to help sweep the orbital paths of dangerous debris, but let's hope it's not one piece at a time.

Army's mobile comm system gains field experience before NIE

The Army's WIN-T program is using recent exercises in New Mexico to ready itself for a major evaluation this spring.

Anonymous gets NSA's attention, promises regular Friday attacks

The hacker collective plans regular strikes against government and corporate sites, while NSA's chief reportedly is concerned the group could soon be capable of attacking the power grid.