Emerging Tech

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.

National mobile alert system goes live; now phones have to catch up

CMAS can send text-based emergency alerts to all mobile phones in a targeted area, though many phones aren't yet equipped to receive them.

Cybersecurity

Right on bin Laden, analyst would use tweets to predict future

A company that called Osama bin Laden's death four hours before it was announced claims it can use tweets to predict the future, and has partnered with Twitter to prove it.

Cybersecurity

CBP exposes contractor trade secrets in surveillance project

Customs and Border Protection took down documents included in a solicitation for the "virtual border fence" project that may have included proprietary contractor information.

Cybersecurity

Don't look now, but everybody (CIA, DHS, etc.) is watching

As social media analytics improves, the intelligence community and other agencies are monitoring the traffic on popular sites. But could they put privacy at risk?

Cybersecurity

See something, tag something: Crime-reporting app uses images, GPS

West Virginia has released a smart-phone app that lets users take pictures of suspicious activity, add a GPS tag and text, and send it to the state's fusion center anonymously.

Cybersecurity

Why government is still waiting for 'PKI-at-the-door'

Government has issued smart ID credentials to most personnel and wants to pursue a single credential for both logical and physical access, but infrastructure upgrades and tight budgets slow the use of the cards for physical access control.

Cybersecurity

Smart-grid security delayed by questions of government regulation

With billions of dollars being invested a smart electric grid, its security still is being debated by a Congress divided politically over the role of government in securing critical infrastructure.

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 rules of cyber-crime engagement needed to protect US now

Targeted cyber crime threats are on the rise and cause real concern for U.S. national security secrets, intell chiefs testified at a recent Senate hearing.

Cybersecurity

Are we serious about cybersecurity? Here's a test to find out.

The U.S. will either do the hard work necessary to establish a strong national cybersecurity defense or get stuck in the doldrums of decline.

Cybersecurity

House bill sets up cyber threat clearinghouse at DHS

Proposal would create national clearinghouse for cybersecurity and threat information, and spells out the Homeland Security Department's role in protecting critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

System would monitor feds for signs they're 'breaking bad'

DARPA is supporting development of a system to monitor e-mail, texts and other activities on a massive scale to identify insider threats.

Cybersecurity

Congress mulls clearinghouse for sharing cyber threat info

Draft legislation would create a quasi-governmental organization for exchanging cyber threat information between government and the private sector.

Data & Analytics

Big data = smaller government

Government's increasing use of analytics software could help pull the nation out the current economic stall and make government programs smaller, smarter and cheaper.

Cybersecurity

Cyber bill strong on info sharing, light on privacy protections

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act encourages public/private sharing of threat information, but contains few restrictions on the data shared and no protection for individual privacy.

Cybersecurity

Feds confirm prisons vulnerable to Stuxnet-like attack

DHS examines researchers' exploits of programmable logic controllers used for prison doors and other systems, and validates their results.

Don't panic: Nationwide test of emergency alert system set for Nov. 9

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, set for Nov. 9, will see how the country handles sensory deprivation, even if for a little while.

Cybersecurity

Secure Flight's off-the-shelf recipe

TSA credits the ability to keep Secure Flight's overall costs down and ahead of schedule with the use of commercial off-the-shelf software.

Cybersecurity

TSA's Secure Flight curbed risk, calmed travelers

The Transportation Security Administration took over the program to create an airline passenger watchlist and created a system with ultra-high availability, no single points of failure and trusted privacy protections.

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