Homeland Security

Is IT spending on the rise or not?

In one recent survey, data center managers said their budgets will not be increasing for 2011, while a second study points to rising overall IT spending budgets.

First responders want control of public-safety spectrum

Fire and police officials urged lawmakers to give public safety agencies direct control of the D Block of radio spectrum rather than have priority access only in emergencies.

Asset-tracking app gets Dallas' inventory in order

The city's mobile asset-tracking software cuts the time its takes to audit grant-funded public safety equipment across Dallas' agencies and offices.

In new cyber battle, info is the goal, 'stupid' is an enemy

Data and computing power have become so mobile that cybersecurity must focus on protecting information rather than infrastructure, government and industry officials say.

Fire department's iPhone app can help save lives

The San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Protection District has released a free iPhone application, available to anyone, that alerts people trained in CPR of cardiac emergencies nearby.

Is government ready for the semantic Web?

The government has been slow to take up semantic technology, but a relatively obscure interagency XML project could provide a much-needed boost in fields such as law enforcement and health care.

How Stuxnet changes the security game

Organizations need to rethink baseline controls, worry about the integrity of sensors and even question their assumptions about computers not connected to the Internet.

New border strategy to incorporate SBInet-like capabilities

The Homeland Security Department canceled the SBInet border surveillance system two months ago, but SBInet-like technology will live on in the new system proposed for some parts of the border, a GAO official says.

U.S. not prepared for 'potentially devastating' cyberattacks, House panel told

Despite a growing dependence on networked IT, the nation’s critical infrastructure remains vulnerable to an increasing number of serious attacks, government and industry experts told a House panel.

Tech helps relief organizations -- and scammers -- after Japan quake

Technology has changed the way the world responds to natural disasters such as the Japan earthquake but it can also lead to big opportunities for scam artists.

Japan's earthquake shows strength of social networking in crisis

Social networks across the globe bonded to help with rescue efforts and information dissemination in Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake.

FBI deploys faster fingerprint ID system

The FBI has begun using its new fingerprint identification system to help 18,000 law enforcement agencies manage and speed fingerprint search processing in order of magnitude.

DHS extends states' Real ID compliance deadline

The deadline for states to comply with the controversial Real ID Act of 2005 has been pushed back to early 2013.

The tech that makes anti-terrorism tip lines effective

Fusion centers are trying new tools for using intelligence databases across states lines, which come in handy after a new government program for reporting suspicious activity gets into high gear.

Fighting terrorism with technology

Technology from SAS, Microsoft, i2 and IxReveal is being used in state fusion enters to search intelligence data and reporting from myriad sources.

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