Networks Communications

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.

Gigabit WiFi speeds on the way, but beware the draft

The race to produce super-fast 802.11ac wireless routers ahead of IEEE's final approval could create some confusion.

The real threat: China, Iran or our own weaknesses?

Forget Russia, China and Iran. The real threat to critical infrastructure is a failure to address security fundamentals in the design and operation of U.S. systems, says one analyst.

ICANN's domain application system still down 2 weeks after data exposed

A security glitch has knocked the Web-based TLD Application System offline for two weeks, forcing ICANN to extend the filing deadline and postpone its publication of applications.

James Langevin

Rep. Langevin: Cyber law dithering endangers US critical infrastructure

Congress should set aside partisan differences to pass legislation that would require cybersecurity standards to protect U.S. critical infrastructure.

Liquid metal rock

Will the iPhone 5 be made of Terminator-like liquid metal?

The next iPhone reportedly will be made of Liquidmetal, a material that might not do everything the T-1000 could but is still like nothing you've ever seen.

Major cyberattack on US 'inevitable,' experts tell Congress

Without government mandates to secure critical infrastructure, a damaging cyberattack on the nation will happen, experts tell a House panel.

Smart-grid tech outpacing security, in 'delicate dance with risk'

Innovation for a smart energy grid is ahead of security, and breaches are inevitable, says the chief of an industry advisory group.

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