Communications and Networking

Cloak, dagger and Google: 'Pluto' switch remains a mystery

A different kind of networking switch that turned up in Iowa has been returned to Google — with no questions answered.

Audit finds some holes in NASA's cybersecurity center

The Inspector General says the consolidated Security Operations Center has improved its security but still has some key vulnerabilities.

30 state IT projects chosen for NASCIO awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

Army's MORPHINATOR: A shape-shifting approach to network defense

The cyber maneuver technology would randomize configurations and other aspects of a network to fool and foil intruders.

Cloud mapping tools to aid first responders during disasters

Esri's GIS public information maps will be made accessible on Microsoft's cloud-based disaster portal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Army wants to train on its own private Internet

The portal would mimic the look and functionality of the Web, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites for scenario-based training.

20 years ago: The birth of e-mail as we know it

The MIME standard for e-mail content, launched in March 1992, changed Internet communications from plain-text messaging to a multimedia workhorse.

DARPA wants high-bandwidth communications without infrastructure

The Defense Department's research arm is developing new methods to provide cell tower-grade communications to warfighters, even in remote and rugged areas.

Feds try to buy more time for DNSChanger cleanup

Petition asks court for an extension so computers still infected with the malware aren't effectively cut off from the Internet March 8.

Two states climb aboard new, 100-gigabit fast train

Indiana and Ohio have announced links from academic research networks to the high-speed prototype network being built out by Internet2 with the Energy Department.

Where does the IT money go in 2013 budget proposal?

Obama's 2013 budget proposal aims to cut federal IT but increase its use when it makes government more efficient. Here's where 10 departments stand.

New, stealthy threats change best responses to cyberattack

With advanced persistent threats, trying to ID the source can be 'futile,' so focus on minimizing the damage, a revision of NIST's guidelines for incident response says.

DISA knocks down defense network boundaries, makes them anew

DISA is changing the way it provides network and communications services to warfighters by focusing on forces operating in the most disadvantaged areas of the Defense Department's communications network.