Julie Bird

Articles by Julie Bird

NJ cybersecurity center wants to integrate incident management into its operations

New Jersey's nearly year-old Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, which monitors government and business computer networks for cyberthreats, is looking to expand into incident management, according to the organization's chief information security officer.

GSA launches Technology Transformation Service to focus on agile, user-centered technology

The General Services Administration is creating a new arm, the Technology Transformation Service, to help federal agencies "build, buy and share user-centered and emerging technology solutions," GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said in a Tuesday blog post.

NTIA toolkit to help communities develop, implement broadband roadmaps

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has created a toolkit providing technical assistance for states, cities and other communities trying to launch or expand broadband access.

New Mexico's Alamogordo ponders joint PSAP as feds push nationwide NextGen911 network

Officials in Alamogordo, N.M., are trying to work out funding and other details for consolidating a public safety answering point, or PSAP, to manage 911 calls for the city police and fire departments and the county sheriff's office, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

Army smartphone app helps unit leaders predict, minimize impact of altitude sickness

The U.S. Army has developed an Android-based app that military commanders can use to predict how many soldiers are likely to get altitude sickness, the severity of their illness and how long they'll take to adjust to high altitude.

Tennessee firefighters say they need workarounds to avoid dropped signals with digital communication system

The mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., says her county's emergency management system shouldn't buy a new digital emergency radio system unless it can resolve signal issues that could put firefighters in danger, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

Personal information on 87M Mexican voters compromised in months-long data breach

A database that exposed the personal information of as many as 87 million Mexican voters was taken offline last week after being exposed to the public on an Amazon cloud server since September 2015, CSO reported.

Official at Wisconsin Public Records Board knew public records policy changes were significant

The executive secretary of the Wisconsin Public Records Board recognized right away that a move last year to expand the definition of records that could be destroyed immediately was a significant change to board policy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Feds look to citizen scientists for the next great discovery

The U.S. federal government is diving into the world of citizen science and scientific crowdsourcing with its new CitizenScience.gov website.

DHS commercializes tool that assesses cyber and physical risks

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has licensed another cybersecurity technology for commercialization under its Transition to Practice program.