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Army's 'Kraken' puts data from many sensors onto one screen

With troop drawdowns in Afghanistan, the Army will use computerized surveillance technology to improve perimeter security and help protect small units in remote outposts.

AC/DC 'Thunderstruck' worm and the rise of infrastructure attacks

The NSA's chief says attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure increased 17-fold in two years, while Iran's nuclear program continues to be a target.

'Hit man' phishing scam makes an offer you can refuse

Phishing is the most common attack used against federal networks, so it's important to be aware of the latest techniques, even if they seem unlikely.

New ‘Universal Gateway’ speeds data to Navy vessels

Office of Naval Research’s “network bridging system” moves data instantaneously between the combat system and the command and control network.

New tool spots hacking vulnerabilities in smart meters

Smart meters have an optical port that, if attacked, can let someone change the way they operate, a researcher says at Black Hat.

Black Hat: If it ain't broke, it's just a matter of time

This year's Black Hat Briefings will tackle OS security — or lack of it — in Windows and iOS. Mobile devices and industrial control systems get a lot of attention, too.

Smooth data-center move sets template for disaster recovery

Alaska’s Enterprise Technology Services team used a unified computing system to quickly move existing services to a new data center, and validated its disaster recovery approach and failover capabilities in the process.

A look inside the future of 911 services

Alabama’s Next Generation program plans to move all 911 traffic to an IP network over the next 18 months, paving the way for text, video and photos with emergency calls.

Unified comm is the next step in 911's evolution

The FCC and Transportation Department are working to establish a transition path to the next generation of 911 services.

Cyber bill accents threat-info sharing, government IT monitoring

Sen. Lieberman introduces cybersecurity bill that offers limited liability for sharing threat information and emphasizes continuous monitoring of government IT systems.

IPv6 roadmap tweaked to help agencies over finish line

The Federal CIO Council, together with ACT-IAC, has updated its IPv6 roadmap to help agencies meet looming deadlines for new Internet Protocols.

Government reach for secure electric grid exceeds its grasp

The government efforts to secure the nation’s electric grid from cyberattack are hampered by a cumbersome regulatory system and inadequate enforcement, a Senate panel is told.

Too tired to vote? Don't hit that touch pad.

As a N.C. state legislator found out the hard way, errors caused by workplace fatigue can have decisive and sometimes irreversible results.

NYC adds free WiFi to pay phones, making them useful again

The pilot program expands the city's public wireless access, with costs being covered by the pay phone providers.

'Destructive' cyber attacks ahead, NSA's Alexander warns

The National Security Agency chief wants network-speed info sharing with the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, but insists NSA won't have time to read your e-mail.


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