Tech Briefs

2 ways to improve collaboration

Customized search tools and internal Web portals help advance government agency collaboration efforts, as shown by examples at the U.S. Geological Survey and Energy Department.

Multiagency projects: Get cooperation, then 'ride them'

Establishing an interoperable network for first responders means getting many agencies to work together and that puts a premium on project management.

Sophos offers free tool for Windows Shortcut flaw

Sophos on Monday announced the availability of a free tool designed to help address the Windows zero-day shortcut vulnerability that Microsoft has not patched.

Lockheed releases open-source social networking tool

Government technologists may soon have a new way to address the complexities of managing IT: Lockheed Martin has introduced a new open source enterprise social networking tool, Eureka Streams.

Microsoft takes another legal blow in patent case

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirmed i4i's patent, sending another blow to Microsoft's legal strategy.

Microsoft revises policy on reporting security flaws

Microsoft has adopted a variant of its "responsible disclosure" policy for reporting security flaws in its software, the company announced last week.

Group codifies IT maintenance consumer rights

A council of global IT CIOs, in conjunction with research group Gartner Inc., has released a "code of conduct" for solution vendors on IT maintenance issues.

NATO to employ Learning Tree training programs

NATO CIS Systems Agency will use Learning Tree's on-site and online programs for management and technical training at bases throughout Europe.

New IBM mainframe a 'data center in a box'

Big Blue's zEnterprise uses RISC and x86-based blades, and can manage up to 100,000 virtual machines simultaneously, the company says.

Microsoft releases new beta of Security Essentials

Microsoft this week announced the latest beta of its free antivirus software, Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows 7 to get first service pack in 2011

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released "within the first half of calendar year 2011," Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft offers workaround for vulnerability in icons

Microsoft on Tuesday added an automated means to address a zero-day Windows Shell vulnerability described in a security advisory released late last week.

New tool validates ID credentials wirelessly

Two companies team up to offer an identity verification tool for federal employees and federal contractors.

Windows zero-day advisory issued on USB drives

Microsoft issued a security advisory on Friday about a Windows vulnerability associated with shortcut icons on USB drives.

Microsoft releasing Windows Phone 7 to developers

Microsoft's Windows Phone engineering team announced yesterday that Windows Phone 7 Series has reached the technical preview stage.