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GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

US Cybersecurity Plan Welcomed, but Software Tracking Troubles IT Sector

The U.S. government is moving quickly and aggressively to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting both the federal government and the private sector. Information technology companies that are directly and indirectly involved in providing IT products and services to the federal government wil...

OPINION

How the Quantum Tech Race Puts the World’s Data at Risk

The technology one-upmanship between the United States and China is fast becoming the new space race. There's been a lot of talk in the press about the competition to reach 5G, but little traction outside of the tech community about something more momentous: the dangers of computing in a post-quantu...

Microsoft Exposes Russian Cyberattacks on Phones, Printers, Video Decoders

The Russian hacking group known for stealing sensitive emails from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election season has been cracking into printers, phones and video decoders to gain access to corporate networks, according to Microsoft. The group, known by a number of n...

Trump Order Gives Artificial Intelligence a Boost

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at boosting artificial intelligence R&D in the U.S. The order sets up the American AI Initiative, which instructs federal agencies to move projects involving artificial intelligence to the top of their priority lists. No funding is propo...

Android Apps Riskier Than Ever: Report

Widespread use of unpatched open source code in the most popular Android apps distributed by Google Play has caused significant security vulnerabilities, suggests an American Consumer Institute report. Thirty-two percent -- or 105 apps out of 330 of the most popular apps in 16 categories sampled -- ...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Trump Puts Federal Cloud Investments on Front Burner

One of the few policies that President Donald Trump's administration has carried over from his predecessor is that the federal government needs to make vast information technology performance upgrades -- especially to cloud-based platforms. That should comfort vendors seeking business in the federal...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market

Federal agencies already under the gun to modernize their information technology capabilities have a new set of standards to meet as a result of an executive order President Donald Trump issued this spring. The directive not only will affect agency managers in their IT operations and acquisition act...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal IT Acquisition Worth $50B Cleared for Takeoff

A major federal acquisition opportunity with a potential contract value of $50 billion for information technology vendors is back on track. The General Services Administration recently resumed processing vendor applications after a legal challenge to the contract was resolved in its favor. As a resu...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Ransomware Fighters Get New Free Tool

Ransomware has become a gold mine for digital criminals. In the first three months of this year, electronic extortionists squeezed $209 million from victims desperate to recover their data after it was scrambled by the malicious software, based on FBI estimates. At that rate, ransomware could funnel...

Google Dabbles in Post-Quantum Cryptography

Google last week announced an experiment with post-quantum cryptography in Chrome. A small fraction of connections between Google's servers and Chrome on the desktop will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange algorithm already being used. The idea i...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

White House Opens More Doors for Open Source

The U.S. government is picking up the pace in its efforts to use open source software as much as possible. Federal CIO Tony Scott last month released details of a proposed policy designed to allow customized software created for one agency to be openly available to other agencies as well. Industry a...

Apple Motion Seeks to Block Feds From Acquiring ‘Dangerous Power’

Apple last week filed a motion to vacate a federal order requiring the company to create a tool or code to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. The order would set a dangerous precedent and release a powerful means to breach security on potentially millions of phones...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Fed Cloud Spending on Perplexing – but Upward – Trajectory

U.S. government agencies have spent more on cloud configurations than official budgets have predicted -- and those agencies will pick up the pace of cloud spending over the next five years. Federal agencies will significantly boost spending on cloud deployments with various "as a service" configurat...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Black Hats Offer Million-Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty

Zerodium has posted a million-dollar bounty for juicy iOS 9 bugs or jailbreaks. Zerodium runs a market where exploits and vulnerabilities are bought and sold, according to Damballa. "While there is no insight into a specific buyer, we can assume if an exploit for iOS 9 is found, Zerodium will sell...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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