By land, by sea, by air: DOD looks to take mobile devices global

The Defense Department has launched a number of mobile device programs, but the devil is in the details when it comes to deploying handhelds past the wire.

Cybersecurity

NORAD, Northcom launch joint cyber division

The new Joint Cyber Center includes members from the intelligence, operations, and command and control divisions, and a team from the U.S. Cyber Command.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD develops Web apps to fight pirates (the real kind)

An international effort by the Defense Department and the U.S. Navy is developing Web-based applications that will let allied navies share data in the fight against piracy on the high seas.

Cybersecurity

DOD expands cyber threat info program

The Defense Department is expanding a program to share cyber threat information and inviting all of its eligible contractors to take part.

DOD still has penchant for BlackBerry 7 devices

New Defense Department approval means personnel can now use the BlackBerry 7 line of products across the department's enterprise network.

Cybersecurity

'Unknowns' hack NASA, Air Force, saying 'We're here to help'

A new gray hat hacker group hits 10 organizations, including three U.S. government sites and one at Harvard, saying it wants to promote better security.

Data & Analytics

NASA looks to space for better earthquake data

The agency is testing READI, which uses satellites to detect minute changes in GPS-enabled ground stations, providing real-time data on quakes and better tsunami predictions.

Cybersecurity

New phishing scam targets military users, DFAS warns

E-mail campaign tries to fool service members receiving disability payments into giving up their personal information, including tax returns.

Cybersecurity

DHS getting a bad rap on cybersecurity?

Sen. John McCain's recent rant about DHS could make even an airline passenger feel sorry for the department.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FOSE 2012 serves up 5 courses of hot tech

FOSE offers five conferences in one: program slices on cloud computing, cybersecurity, mobile computing, defense innovation and records management.

Is military ruggedization going, going, gone?

Formal ruggedization practices and procedures were once a necessity for the battlefield, but are they still essential for a military that increasingly relies on commercial-off-the-shelf computing and communications gear? Perhaps not.

Cybersecurity

McCain slams DHS, wants DOD to defend cyberspace

A Senate budget hearing on the Defense Department's Strategic and Cyber Commands became a duel over how the nation's cyber defense should be structured.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Agencies expose themselves to IT supply-chain threats

The four departments with national security responsibilities haven't identified the threats or developed mitigation policies and procedures, a report states.

Cybersecurity

DOD's 3 challenges in protecting cyber infrastructure

House and Senate budget hearings focused on defining DOD's role in defending a largely civilian cyberspace, and on the challenge of recruiting and retaining the workforce it needs.

Cybersecurity

Want to be a cyber pro? DOD might have a scholarship for you.

The Information Assurance Scholarship Program provides full rides for graduate and undergraduate students, and military and civilian DOD employees, in exchange for commitments to stay with DOD.

Military's leased satellites: Is there a better way?

The ways DOD pays for and manages its leased civilian satellite communications networks are inefficient and needlessly expensive, one industry official says.

Cybersecurity

China suspected in Facebook scam against NATO officers

A fake profile for NATO's senior commander lured other officers into accepting a friend request, compromising personal information in the process.

DOD aiming to lift restrictions on unmanned flights in US airspace

The department is working with the FAA to develop tracking and collision-avoidance technologies to enable more domestic unmanned flights.

Cybersecurity

DOD wants in on protecting civilian infrastructure

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter calls for support of greater info sharing between government and the private sector at the 2012 RSA Conference.

Cybersecurity

Bipartisan cyber bill now the center of partisan turf war

Sen. Joe Lieberman's attempt to strike the "right balance" draws the ire of Sen. John McCain and other GOP leaders, who are planning their own bill.

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