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Alexandra Kelley

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Alexandra Kelley
Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov. Her most recent post was covering breaking news for The Hill where she focused on a variety of quantitative subjects, including Big Tech and the economy, in addition to covering the coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2017.
Cybersecurity

Cyber mandates too costly for water utilities, experts say

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

Data & Analytics

Department of Transportation investing $160M for tech-centric projects

Two programs, SMART Grants and ATTAIN, will dole out millions over five years as the Biden administration plans a U.S. transportation overhaul.

Cybersecurity

Justice officials release framework for policing crime in crypto space

Complimenting the new national digital asset framework, law enforcement is planning similar steps to combat crime in the crypto marketplace. 

Emerging Tech

NIST, Google announce chip R&D partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.

Cybersecurity

NSA releases post-quantum algorithms, aims for full implementation by 2035

The National Security Agency worked in conjunction with NIST to prepare stakeholders for upcoming quantum cryptographic requirements. 

Cybersecurity

NIST to launch new guidance on security risks of telehealth and smart home integration

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will outline the safest ways for consumers to use new technologies that provide access to their health care information in a secure digital environment. 

Cloud & Infrastructure

Louisiana becomes first state to receive internet for all grants

Through the Internet for All’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program, $2 million will be granted to Louisiana to survey and fund underserved communities, train employees and coordinate projects at a local level.

Emerging Tech

CISA warns critical infrastructure to prepare for mass post-quantum systems migration

Quantum computing is the latest frontier in technological innovation, and its hacking potential has regulators advising organizations to begin to safeguard their networks. 

Emerging Tech

NIST to release new playbook for AI best practices

Researchers will stress a socio-technical approach—which examines the human impact on technology—to mitigate biases in artificial intelligence systems.

Data & Analytics

Accurate U.S. crime data demands more state participation

FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed federal data reporting from state and local jurisdictions, and how advanced technologies stand to help.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Bill aims to reclassify broadband as essential to promote net neutrality

Two Democratic senators unveiled a new bill to codify broadband as an essential service and prevent discriminatory practices.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware hackers will still target smaller critical infrastructure, CISA director warns

Ransomware actors target infrastructure organizations of all sizes, making cybersecurity best practices imperative, CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales said.

Cybersecurity

NIST revises cybersecurity guidelines specifically for health data

Enhanced cybersecurity measures can help further protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of patient heath information such as prescription records, lab test results, vaccination records and hospital visit logs.

Cybersecurity

Sales of citizen data worries lawmakers and experts alike

Expert witnesses expressed support for bills that close loopholes in existing laws, which currently allow government purchase of private data.

Cybersecurity

Simple cyber reporting will enable better governmentwide response, lawmaker argues

Sen. Gary Peters discussed how streamlined reporting to CISA can clarify the cyber threat landscape to all U.S. networks.

Cybersecurity

NIST identifies 4 quantum-resistant encryption algorithms

Federal researchers are one step closer to protecting U.S. data from quantum computing decryption capabilities.

Emerging Tech

Research uncovers vulnerabilities in blockchain tech, non-secure crypto transactions

Mutability within some decentralized ledger technologies prompted researchers' concerns over the security of cryptocurrency transactions.

Cybersecurity

DOJ ramps up efforts to curb digital stalking and abuse

In a whole-of-government approach to fighting online harassment, a new Justice Department task force will improve data collection on digital crimes and train state and local law enforcement.

Cybersecurity

Better public-private partnerships could prevent major ransomware attacks, crypto insiders say

Cryptocurrency industry execs stressed their commitment to collaborating with law enforcement to track ransomware payments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Hearing examines human side of telecom bills

While equitable broadband access was a recurring point of discussion during the hearing, several witnesses discussed the critical role broadband plays in public health and safety.