Homeland Security

FPS risk assessment system foundering

The Federal Protective Service's costs for developing a new risk assessment system have tripled, and the system is two years behind schedule, a new report from GAO says.

Blame for critical infrastructure weaknesses starts with Congress

A lack of clear lines of authority is crippling the nation's ability to protect its critical infrastructure, and congressional dysfunction offers little hope for improvement.

Can the nation get smart about cybersecurity?

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education seeks to improve security awareness, education and the IT workforce, but depends on cross-sector cooperation.

P25 radios vulnerable to eavesdropping, can be jammed by child's toy

Researchers say weaknesses in interoperability standards for radios used by law enforcement leave the systems open to eavesdropping and jamming, even from a GirlTech IM-Me texting toy.

FBI's first mobile app aids in missing child ID

Is there something missing from the FBI's new Child ID mobile app for missing children? Some parents think so.

HHS sees Facebook friends as potential disaster lifelines

The Health and Human Services Department has started its Lifeline Facebook App Challenge, which seeks to turn social media friends into "lifelines" during a disaster.

Windows Phones sink, iPhones and Androids swim with Coast Guard

The service plans to gradually replace all its Windows Phones with iPhones and Android-based devices that run provisioning software so that users can access work and personal apps.

Virtual USA: How geospatial tech is changing government

A geospatial framework emerges for emergency response coordination among federal, state and local governments.

Should states take the lead on standards for emergency response data?

A national — rather than a federal — model for emergency response data sharing is a key to progress in standards making, geospatial planners say.

Biometric database helps identify repeat illegal immigrants

The IDENT database collects fingerprint data for all foreign nationals entering the United States and allows government officials to cross-check them against the digital prints of known offenders.

Feds to tell kids about 'good' hacking

A computer security workshop will teach children about ethical hacking.

'Shady RAT' report unveils massive cyber espionage campaign

McAfee's report says 72 government and private organizations, 49 of them in the U.S., have been compromised, and petabytes of sensitive data has been stolen. Some experts suspect China as the culprit.

Before pat-downs, TSA tries 'chat-downs' in Boston

At Boston’s Logan International Airport, Transportation Security Administration officers are interviewing travelers to look for obviously nervous or anxious travelers, who might require additional security screening.

Stuxnet-style attack could wreak havoc at prisons, researchers say

U.S. correctional facilities use programmable logic controllers to control doors and manage security, which makes them vulnerable to a Stuxnet-type worm, according to a research white paper.

How international cyber crime threatens national security

A National Security Council report says organized crime against financial systems, already in the billions of dollars, could destabilize national and international economies.

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