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Canada plans to replace cash with digital MintChips -- can this work?

The Canadian Mint is holding a contest to find a secure chip that can replace bills and coins, but can it be unhackable and untraceable?

9 keys to making BYOD work

Employees will use personal mobile devices for work anyway; here are tips on making sure it's done right.

Partnership develops encryption for federal mobile devices

Verizon and Cellcrypt will offer voice encryption for smart phones and tablets running the Android, BlackBerry and iOS operating systems.

ICANN to reopen applications for new top-level domains

ICANN has notified TLD applicants whose information might have been compromised by a software glitch and is offering full refunds to applicants who want to withdraw.

DHS R&D program has a disconnect with first responders' needs, House panel told

The department has a program to help develop technology for first responders, but matching the money with state and local agencies' requirements has proved difficult.

Spear-phishing attacks hit gas pipeline networks

DHS alerts operators that "tightly focused" attacks, ongoing since at least December, have compromised a number of organizations.

911 services face an emergency of their own

People are moving quickly to mobile devices and relying on text and video rather than voice. Can Next-Gen 911 catch up?

FCC's 5-step plan for deploying Next-Gen 911

The Federal Communications Commission's road map for the transition to a new generation of 911 services starts with location accuracy.

High-speed wireless via...laser pointers?

Researchers in Taiwan use tricked-out laser pointers to get 500 megabits/sec. data feeds in places where radio transmissions dare not go.

FEMA: Cybersecurity ranks lowest among critical protections

The National Preparedness Report from FEMA puts cybersecurity at the bottom of the readiness list, with fewer than half of states prepared to defend IT systems and networks.

Mobile privacy risks: Who should alert end users?

Both industry and government are concerned about the potential for many mobile applications to share data with third parties without user consent.

105 Top Level Domain applicants had info exposed

ICANN has begun notifying 105 applicants who paid $185,000 each to apply for new generic TLDs that some of their information was exposed through a glitch on the online application system, which has been offline for three weeks.

Targeted attacks, mobile vulnerabilities on the rise, report states

Criminals continue to exploit old vulnerabilities as enterprises, and users fail to keep up with the flood of security updates, the latest Symantec report states.

IBM rolls out integrated systems to automate most management, updating jobs

IBM's new line of products is designed as an integrated package from the beginning, which is intended to eliminate time and money wasted on operations and maintenance.

Program for new Top Level Domains still in limbo after security glitch

ICANN plans this week to notify applicants for generic TLDs whose information might have been exposed, as the Web-based application system remains offline.