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Call for security science papers

Call for security science papers

The National Security Agency is taking nominations for its fourth annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition, which recognizes recent work that has made a significant contribution to cybersecurity science.

Entries must have been published between Jan. 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015, and will be judged by a panel of eight cybersecurity experts who will provide recommendations to NSA Director of Research Deborah Frincke.  Frincke, in turn, will make the final decision on awards.

"The emergence of a science supporting security can be seen in the high quality of the papers that are nominated for our award,” Frincke said. “And this progress couldn't be timelier. Securing our infrastructure gets harder, and will take the continued focus of government, industry and academia: all of us, working together, to make progress."

The deadline for entry is March 31. More information is available here.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 9:29 AM0 comments


DHS taps GovReady to help small businesses with C&A

DHS taps GovReady to help small businesses with C&A

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected to GovReady PBC to provide tools that can help prepare small and medium-sized businesses to develop software and IT systems for the federal market.

GovReady will receive $1.1 million DHS S&T to develop tools to help firms through the certification and accreditation process the government uses to test, evaluate and ensure IT systems and software are ready to be deployed. That C&A process can be long and difficult, and it can discourage smaller companies from trying to do business with the government.

The project, known as “Security Controls Compliance Server,” is part of the Homeland Open Security Technology program administered by S&T’s Cyber Security Division.

“The C&A process is essential but, in its current state, unnecessarily difficult for small businesses to navigate,” Dan Massey, S&T's HOST program manager, said in announcing the award. “This project will help to even the playing field between large and small business by giving everyone an opportunity to provide software to the government.”

Posted on Mar 07, 2016 at 10:03 AM0 comments


New Facebook emojis could support counterterrorism

New Facebook emojis could support counterterrorism

It just got easier for local law enforcement to learn  thing or two about crime and security risks by checking Facebook.

Until now, Facebook users who didn’t want to enter a written reply to a post were limited a thumbs-up or “like.” Now those options have expanded to include a heart and four emoji faces representing surprise, sadness, anger and laughter. Reveal News reported that use of emoji could provide law enforcement and intelligence agencies with new torrents of data for sentiment analysis of criminal and terrorism suspects.

Similar to the way Gmail monitors content in emails and search results to deliver targeted advertisements, police could analyze this new source of intelligence to pick up on feelings related to matters of national security

Some federal agencies already use social media-scraping software programs like SocioSpyder and Dunami to mine social sites and look for “networks of association, centers of influence and signs of radicalization,” according to Reveal News. And many police departments make Facebook a key part of their investigative and community-policing efforts.  The new emoji could make that analysis even easier.

Posted on Mar 03, 2016 at 2:25 PM0 comments


Boston seeks chief data officer

Boston seeks chief data officer

Boston is searching for its first chief data officer.  The CDO will be charged with advancing the city’s leadership in data-driven government and expanding its efforts of incorporating more visualizations and analytics into city operations.

In addition to leading Boston’s Citywide Analytics Team,  the CDO will also be tasked with working with other chiefs and commissioners to spread the use of data analytics in the city and collaborate with outside partners, according to the city’s announcement.

The Citywide Analytics Team also released its first Year-in-Review, which highlights successful programs that have demonstrated how data was used to improve government operations and community engagement.

The team led more than 12 data-driven projects, including the recent launch of CityScore, which gathers performance metrics from city departments and provides an overall score for the city, the Building Intelligence System that gives firefighters real-time hazard data while en route to a scene and a city partnership with Waze to track traffic patterns and increase road safety. The city plans to expand the team’s efforts with the opening of this leadership role.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 1:52 PM0 comments


SPAWAR looks to advance GPS system software

SPAWAR looks to advance GPS system software

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is considering a follow-on contract to sustain the Global Positioning System-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services (GPNTS) system software.The GPNTS navigation system receives, processes and then distributes 3-D position, velocity, acceleration, attitude, time and frequency data in the formats required by shipboard user systems. The Navy uses GPNTS on vessels as diverse as carriers, guided missile cruisers and destroyers as well as fixed-wing aircraft.

The GPNTS system is currently being developed using a commercial, open-systems architecture approach to meet user requirements in a net-centric service-oriented architecture environment.

The planned scope of work would include engineering, development and test activities on a two-year build cycle, which would allow officials to address out-of-date technologies, information assurance, defect resolution and platform integration.

SPAWAR released the RFI Feb. 9. Responses are due by March 10.

This article originally appeared on Washington Technology, a sister site to GCN.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:17 PM0 comments