Homeland Security

The 'fake news' challenge for first responders

A DHS advisory group offers tops on how local and federal emergency responders can leverage social media.

CACI's Cofoni brought team-first approach to defense work

For CACI's Paul Cofoni, recipient of the 2012 GCN Awards' Industry Executive of the Year award, a more open management and problem-solving style lead to better results.

Report trashes fusion centers

A recent report found that fusion centers waste taxpayer money and trample civil liberties, rather than coordinate federal, state and local homeland security efforts.

EMP attack on power grid could take down DOD systems, experts warn

A worst-case scenario could take out parts of the grid for years, according to some studies, and although equipment exists that can prevent such damage, Congress and the power industry cannot agree on action.

Government's 7 top challenges to embracing the cloud

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that assessed the progress seven agencies have made in implementing the Cloud First policy and came up with their seven top challenges.

OT, meet IT (please)

If industrial control systems are running Windows, they're vulnerable to hackers. But can engineers handle that?

Former wartime blimp refitted for border surveillance

Customs and Border Protection is testing an aerostat used in Afghanistan along the Arizona-Mexico border.

DHS wants to 'change the game' on public safety network

Faced with a need to upgrade aging, stovepiped tactical communications networks and reduce costs, DHS is looking for a “game changing approach.”

Avatar screens border-crossers in Arizona

CBP is testing a system that uses speech recognition and voice anomaly-detection software to detect signs that a traveler might be lying.

Securing the grid is crucial, but Chicken Little claims don’t help

Senators' claims that critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a "few keystrokes" belie its resilience and obscure the real threats.

AC/DC 'Thunderstruck' worm and the rise of infrastructure attacks

The NSA's chief says attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure increased 17-fold in two years, while Iran's nuclear program continues to be a target.

FBI mulls how to build database of tattoos

The FBI asks experts for suggestions in how to add tattoos to its databases of fingerprints, DNA, voice signatures and iris scans.

Government reach for secure electric grid exceeds its grasp

The government efforts to secure the nation’s electric grid from cyberattack are hampered by a cumbersome regulatory system and inadequate enforcement, a Senate panel is told.

Federal ID cards: Iris imaging in, fingerprint swiping out

NIST proposed new options for using iris recognition as an alternative to fingerprints in federal Personal Identity Verification.

‘Flame’ raises spyware to new levels, but who’s behind it?

The sophisticated malware, also called Flamer or sKyWIper, is conducting "old-school espionage" and is apparently the work of a team working full time for months or years.

Spear-phishing attacks hit gas pipeline networks

DHS alerts operators that "tightly focused" attacks, ongoing since at least December, have compromised a number of organizations.

WWI 'dazzle paint' fools face recognition scanners

An artist finds that the same approach used in World War I to confound the rangefinders on attacking ships will prevent a facial scanner from recognizing you.