Cybersecurity

CAIMR takes on the many facets of identity management

The Center for Applied Identity Management Research, an organization of industry, academic and government representatives, is building a road map for improving how we determine just who we are and who we are dealing with when online.

FCC releases proposed rules on network neutrality

In an effort to balance the needs of Internet carriers and content providers, FCC proposes rules that would limit the ability of carriers to interfere with network traffic for business purposes, while not interfering with legitimate network management or emergency communications.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Initial test specs for government IPv6 compliance released for public comment

The first specifications for the Government IPv6 test program are being released by NIST for a 30-day comment period.

Cybersecurity

Is phishing on the decline, or just moving to a new phishing hole?

A cyber intelligence and security company claims that vendors have underreported phishing attacks in recent reports by focusing only on traditional delivery vehicles.

Cloud & Infrastructure

A few tips on keeping short URLs from spelling big trouble

Although Twitter, texting and instant messaging make shortened URLs convenient, when you are clicking on a link, what you can’t see can hurt you.

Making an impact with IT

If the projects honored with the year's GCN Awards have anything in common, it is the increasing degree to which information systems are connecting more seamlessly to other systems in new and sometimes innovative ways.

Cloud & Infrastructure

New U.S.-ICANN pact takes step foward to Internet emancipation

The new agreement under which ICANN will run the Internet’s domain name and addressing system is part of an evolution away from U.S. stewardship of the global network, increasing the role of other nations but not eliminating the United States' “special role” in Internet governance.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Google finds way to bypass Internet Explorer browser

Google introduced a coding plug-in for Web site developers that instructs Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers to use Google Chrome technologies.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Social media and government

For the first time, online traffic to government Web sites in the United Kingdom from social-networking sites and forums has surpassed the amount of traffic the government sites received from news and media sites.

Cloud & Infrastructure

GSA doesn't expect overnight success with apps store

Following the lead of Amazon, the General Services Administration has gotten into the online sales business, launching a storefront operation called Apps.gov that resells online information technology services.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Congressman uses social media to collect health care reform feedback

Republican Rep. John Culberson of Texas is using technology from SharedBook to invite his constituents to participate in, comment on and debate a pending health care bill in the House of Representatives.

Cloud & Infrastructure

5 lessons from DOD's cloud computing efforts

The Defense Department has taken the federal lead in deployed cloud computing solutions. Let’s look at four examples of DOD’s cloud efforts and five lessons other agencies can learn from the department’s experience.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Government has an opportunity -- and the obligation -- to ensure that IPv6 products work securely

The current status of IPv6 networking in no way ensures security, but agencies can begin working with vendors now to ensure that better security is built in by the time the new protocols are in general use.

FCC chairman proposes rules to codify principles of 'Net neutrality'

In a speech Monday at the Brooking Institution, Julius Genachowski said he wants to adopt formal rules to ensure that Internet carriers do not unduly interfere with traffic on their networks.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Standards body issues draft advisory on maintaining open government data

While building out publicly facing data repositories, government agencies should separate the user interface layer from the data being presented, the World Wide Web Consortium says in a draft report on maintaining open government data.

Agencies should plan now to enable IPv6 on public-facing servers

As the pool of IPv4 addresses dries up, agencies need to begin planning now for an Internet whose growth will be in the IPv6 address space, according to American Registry for Internet Numbers President John Curran.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Unpatched applications on Web servers, clients are weakest links in cybersecurity

A study of six months worth of data about cyberattacks and patch management show that unpatched applications are the chinks in network defenses that are being exploited by criminals and nation-states.

Cloud & Infrastructure

USASpending.gov slammed for sloppy design

A consultant says noncompliance with federal Section 508 requirements, which call for electronic and information technology to be made accessible to people with disabilities, is one of many shortcomings that limit the effectiveness of USASpending.gov.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Microsoft warns of bug in Internet Information Services Server — again

For the second time this year, Microsoft issued a security advisory for possible vulnerabilities in its Internet Information Services Web server software.

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