Infrastructure

Federal pandemic aid is providing a boost to city housing programs

City officials are tapping American Rescue Plan Act dollars to expand affordable housing and reduce homelessness, challenges that predate Covid-19 but that were also heightened by it.

State and local agencies target cyber, broadband, mobility with infrastructure funds

Higher demand for secure telework, multimodal transportation and telemedicine are among the post-pandemic trends informing infrastructure investment, a new report details.

The looming battle over how to set ‘low cost’ broadband prices

States are gaining access to over $42 billion to expand high-speed internet service. But there are sharp disagreements over how to interpret a requirement for affordable pricing.

Labor Department IG: Legacy tech hindered states' delivery of unemployment benefits during pandemic

States with modernized systems were able to stand up new programs faster than states that relied on legacy technology, according to a new report from the Labor Department's internal watchdog.

With eduroam, university users get secure WiFi access to the cloud

The wireless Internet service, widely used in Europe, is being expanded in the United States by Internet2, the University of Tennessee and the National Science Foundation.

Energy lab develops Sophia to help secure SCADA systems

A team at the Idaho National Laboratory spent three years developing the software sentry, which monitors industrial networks for any suspicious activity.

It's called 'sparse data,' and it could be a big deal

The small bits of data coming from sensors recording everything from temperature changes to coffee pot use could make a big difference in the way we manage things.

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.

OT, meet IT (please)

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

Snoop-proof switch takes security to the max

The ServSwitch Black Box Secure keyboard, video and mouse switch exceeds required levels to keep government data secure.

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.

New tool spots hacking vulnerabilities in smart meters

Smart meters have an optical port that, if attacked, can let someone change the way they operate, a researcher says at Black Hat.

Black Hat: If it ain't broke, it's just a matter of time

This year's Black Hat Briefings will tackle OS security — or lack of it — in Windows and iOS. Mobile devices and industrial control systems get a lot of attention, too.

Smooth data-center move sets template for disaster recovery

Alaska’s Enterprise Technology Services team used a unified computing system to quickly move existing services to a new data center, and validated its disaster recovery approach and failover capabilities in the process.

IPv6 roadmap tweaked to help agencies over finish line

The Federal CIO Council, together with ACT-IAC, has updated its IPv6 roadmap to help agencies meet looming deadlines for new Internet Protocols.

'Destructive' cyber attacks ahead, NSA's Alexander warns

The National Security Agency chief wants network-speed info sharing with the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, but insists NSA won't have time to read your e-mail.

When storms attack, Smart Grid could reduce outages, speed recovery

Bad weather in the past year has done what terrorists haven’t managed – disrupt power for a week or more at a time. Officials say Smart Grid technology could ease the pain.