Emerging Tech

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.

Cloud & Infrastructure

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.

Cybersecurity

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.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Business community rips plan to expand Internet's top domains

Allowing generic TLDs on the Internet will be a costly nuisance, witnesses told a Senate panel. ICANN says the program has robust protections.

Banning e-mail in the office: Is this a good idea?

A large IT services company plans to ban e-mail altogether. Could this work in your office?

Cybersecurity

Security 'chaos' leaves utility grids vulnerable, report says

In one example, Pike Research shows how a $60 smart-phone app could give an attacker control over parts of a power grid. But what is being done about it?

Cybersecurity

FBI busts clickjacking ring, but could the crime have been prevented?

Thieves infected 4 million computers in 100 countries and raked in $14 million running the kind of operation DNS Security Extensions aim to prevent.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Congress, White House ready to throw down over net neutrality

Congress wants to nullify the FCC's net neutrality rules, which would take effect Nov. 20, but the Obama administration has threatened to veto the resolution.

Cybersecurity

NIST fills the gaps in its smart-grid framework

Version 2.0 of its framework has an expanded set of standards to help ensure interoperability and security for a national smart power grid.

Cybersecurity

FBI official calls for alternate Internet to secure critical systems

A transparent, restricted network is needed to protect utilities, financial institutions and other critical systems, the bureau's Shawn Henry says.

Emerging Tech

DOE completes first cross-country 100-gigabit network

The prototype ESnet, being built with Internet2, is part of DOE’s plan for a next-generation high-speed — and eventually terabit — science and research network.

Cybersecurity

Energy’s 10-year plan to protect the power grid from cyberattack

An international working group's road map sets a goal of a hardened, resilient energy delivery system capable of surviving cyberattacks by 2020.

Building an interoperable smart grid: IEEE weighs in

The newly approved IEEE 2030 standard for Smart Grid interoperability provides foundational guidance for developing the technology and equipment that will make up the world’s next generation electricity distribution and delivery systems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NIST plan for cloud encourages innovation

Two new publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cloud Computing Working Groups lay a foundation for the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, expected to be published in November.

NIST, Europeans to collaborate on smart-grid standards

The lead agency in developing technical standards for a U.S. smart grid has agreed to work with an EU group to create a common framework.

Cybersecurity

4 'smart' lessons from the Great Southwestern Blackout

It can be surprisingly easy to shut down part of the power grid — and we don't need an enemy to do it — but there’s some good news, too.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Which country has the highest percentage of its population connected to the Internet?

a. United States b. Singapore c. United Kingdom d. Falkland Islands

State & Local

West Virginia expands mobile phone options for state workers

A new mobility management platform will allow West Virginia employees to secure personal data on their state-provided smart phones.

Cloud & Infrastructure

30 state IT projects finalists for NASCIO awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

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