Homeland Security


Cofoni Industry exec of year

CACI's Cofoni brought team-first approach to defense work

For CACI's Paul Cofoni, recipient of the 2012 GCN Awards' Industry Executive of the Year award, a more open management and problem-solving style lead to better results.

Data visualization

How DHS got its COPs on the same beat

The department's Common Operating Picture provides tools for broader situational awareness, including shared mapping, analytics and data visualization.

Keys to mobile security: Consistent controls, user common sense

GAO report on mobile threats concludes that certain agencies, and all users, can help improve security.

CyberScope falls flat on improving IT security, feds say

Most federal officials questioned in a recent survey said that requirements for continuous monitoring of security status have not reduced risk in the IT systems.

What is LTE, and why is it right for a public safety network?

The details of a national public safety network have yet to be worked out, but the consensus is it will be based on the emerging Long Term Evolution standard.

Public safety network has ‘eye-opening’ first real-world test

Police on the street and in the crowd used iPhones for encrypted voice, data and video, free of the congestion that can hamper a commercial wireless network.

New FISMA looks a lot like old FISMA, survey finds

A recent nCircle survey shows that compliance, not risk, is still the most common security concern for feds.

EMP attack on power grid could take down DOD systems, experts warn

A worst-case scenario could take out parts of the grid for years, according to some studies, and although equipment exists that can prevent such damage, Congress and the power industry cannot agree on action.

Government's 7 top challenges to embracing the cloud

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that assessed the progress seven agencies have made in implementing the Cloud First policy and came up with their seven top challenges.

Is it data or deception? US-VISIT needs to know.

Of all immigrants coming into the United States, about 825,000 fingerprint records at US-VISIT have multiple names and inconsistent birth dates.

OT, meet IT (please)

If industrial control systems are running Windows, they're vulnerable to hackers. But can engineers handle that?

CBP puts $100M into sensors to track drug smugglers flying ultralights

The system, to be operated at border stations and in remote areas, is intended to thwart a growing threat.

Data storage shortage forces DEA to drop prosecutions, reports say

With only 40T of storage agencywide, a prosecutor drops a long-running case that has amassed some two terabytes of data, along with more than 400,000 documents.

FBI to open facial recognition searches to police nationwide

A pilot project that started in Michigan will give police in in several states access to a database of nearly 13 million mug shots.

TSA mulls use of 'courteous' avatars to speed airport check-ins

The agency is exploring a new way of handling large numbers of air travelers possibly through hologram imaging.