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Intelligence-Driven Supply Chain Resilience

Information security practices are undergoing a transformation. For at least a decade, environments have been becoming less perimeter-centric: Gone are the good old days when in-line controls protected the trusted, safe interior from the "wild west" of the outside. As environments become more compl...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

‘Tis the Season for Online Predators

While visions of holiday shoppers dance in retailers' heads, those visions are also on the minds of online marauders. Net predators are sticking to scams that have made them money throughout the year. "Over the last 12 months, we've seen a return to attachments with innocuous macros in them," said K...

Blue Origin Rockets Into Cape Canaveral

Blue Origin on Tuesday announced plans to launch rockets from a Cape Canaveral launchpad, which it has leased from NASA. "The site saw its last launch in 2005, and the pad has stood silent for more than 10 years -- too long. We can't wait to fix that," said Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also th...

The CIA Has Been Hacking iOS for Years: Report

The United States' Central Intelligence Agency for years has been working to break iOS security, according to a report published Tuesday. The allegations are based on documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Researchers working with the CIA have presented their tactics and achievemen...

Precision Laser Weapon Scorches Mile-Away Truck Engine

Lockheed Martin this week conducted a test of its ATHENA laser system. The successful demonstration attests to just how far directed energy weapons technology has come. Boring clean through the engine of a truck mounted on a platform more than a mile away, ATHENA decommissioned the running vehicle i...

Orion’s Test Flight Triumph Fuels Mars Hopes

NASA's Orion spacecraft on Friday successfully completed its first test flight, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California at 8:29 a.m. PST after orbiting the Earth twice in roughly four and a half hours. Orion traveled some 60,000 miles during the mission and journeyed 3,600 miles ...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

DoD Ramps Up Security as It Drifts Toward Cloud

DoD is committed to pursuing cloud-based services and steadily has been improving its capabilities to utilize the technology. The latest evidence of its embracing the cloud is approval of a protocol that will facilitate the use of the technology at higher security levels. The department's Defense In...

Team USA in Sochi: High-Tech Gear Spurs High Hopes

While it takes years of training, determination and really good genes even to get a chance to compete in the Olympic Games, the difference between making the podium or not can come down to milliseconds. At this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, new advances in fabrics, materials and designs a...

TECH TREK

Activists Press UN to Ban Killer Robots

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots -- this is a real thing -- has implored the United Nations to use this week's talks in Geneva to ban the development of fully autonomous weapons -- aka, killer robots. Hearkening to the plot of Terminator 2, the group said that such weapons would be able to select ...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Agency Demands, Competition Challenge Cloud Vendors

The GAO earlier this month found two key deficiencies in a cloud contract that the CIA intended to award to AWS. The GAO decision was prompted by a protest against the contract filed by IBM. GAO is the designated federal agency for handling challenges to federal contracts. The proposed contract prov...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Spam Boom Prompts Call for Businesses to Ditch Email

Just when we thought the spam scourge was over, it appears it's making a comeback. After four straight quarters of decline, spam volumes on the Internet rose 92 percent in February, according to security firm Eleven Research Team. Nasty forms of spam also showed significant increases. Phishing email...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Cliff-Hanger: Budget Deal’s IT Benefits Are Murky

For IT vendors in the federal market, the saga of the 2011 Budget Control Act presents some slight benefits in the very short run, even though reduced federal spending may have a longer-term impact. The BCA set the stage for a 10-year program to control the rate of federal spending and reduce the na...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Feds’ Data Center Reduction Requires Spending Now to Save Later

How much do federal agencies need to spend on data center consolidation investments now, in order to save money later? It could be quite a lot. The U.S. Department of Labor, for example, figures that $60 million or so will do the trick in meeting its data center consolidation goals. Last month, DOL ...

Federal Agencies to Slash Number of Data Centers

The U.S. government's program to consolidate federal data centers presents an opportunity for improving IT management that goes well beyond the objective of just trying to tidy up data center operations and save a little money. As a result of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, the num...

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