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Tomorrow's Internet less resilient, says report

The Internet of tomorrow will be less resilient, less available and not as robust as today's warns a think tank and an insurance company. So far, cyber incidents have had effects that are widespread but temporary, or persistent but narrowly focused, says a report published Wednesday by the Atlantic Council and Zurich Insurance Group.

 

NIST unveils AppVet for mobile application evaluation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.

Education Dept. wants student aid APIs

Application programming interfaces can allow third-party developers to build apps and tools that interact with government data and forms. The Education Department says it's interested both in read-only APIs, which would let tools push out information, and read-write APIs that would let users complete forms through third-party tools.

Paper tax returns mostly superseded by electronic filing

Paper federal tax returns increasingly are a relic of the time before ubiquitous Internet, shows Internal Revenue Service preliminary filing data.

DARPA tests drone-mounted WiFi

Warfare more dependent on the gathering and dispersal of battlefield data has long been in the making, but hobbled by the problem of assuring connectivity – especially at the level of soldiers rather than commanders.

FAA: ADS-B ground infrastructure complete

The nationwide ground infrastructure necessary for air traffic controllers to see airplanes according to their GPS-transmitted location is now complete, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

SAM 'inelegant and cumbersome' says GSA CIO

The System for Award Management is operational but it's not what the future of acquisition should look like, said Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at the General Services Administration. Commonly called "SAM," the consolidated acquisition system launched in August 2012 to bring together three previously separate systems.

Zero day vulnerabilities shared unless national security needs them, says White House

Intelligence agencies that discover an unpatched vulnerability will turn that knowledge over to software manufacturers for remediation purposes – unless there exists "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the White House says.

FBI facial recognition database surges with images

An FBI database storing facial images for digital recognition purposes is on track to have 52 million images in it by next year, show bureau documents obtained through a lawsuit.

FTC lawsuit over hotel chain data breach can proceed

The Federal Trade Commission's push to regulate corporate data security survived an attempt in federal court to dismiss a case the agency brought against the Wyndham hotel chain for three data breaches.

Electric grid security standards too broad, says trade group

A one-size-fits-all approach to security throughout the electric grid risks diverting resources from the most crucial facilities, the head of the American Public Power Association said during a Senate hearing April 10.

House panel vote on ICANN shows lack of trust in multistakeholder governance, say critics

A House panel split along partisan lines Thursday to advance a bill that critics say sends the wrong message about U.S. confidence in the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

With Senate passage, DATA Act on track to become law

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act took another step toward enactment into law after the Senate passed the bill unanimously Thursday. After it passed, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a statement in support of the Senate version, calling it a compromise supported by leaders from both parties in both chambers.

Sharing cyber threat data doesn't violate anti-trust law

The private sector need not worry about violating anti-trust law if they share cyber threat data, officials from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.

Moderate risks in DHS cyber threat signature sharing, says privacy office

Sharing of cyber threat information by the Homeland Security Department with the private sector presents some modest privacy risks, says the departmental privacy office.

The end of Networx is coming; GSA releases RFI for successor contract

The General Services Administration took its first public step in starting up a contract vehicle for governmentwide telecommunications services to replace Networx, its current vehicle that's scheduled to expire in spring of 2017.

HHS pushes state agencies to share data

After 9/11, information sharing became a term associated with intelligence and counterterrorism. But the Health and Human Services Department is also trying to bring together information dispersed across the numerous state systems used for HHS-funded programs.

Navy shaves weeks from NGEN transition

The Navy says it has cut 88 days from the Next Generation Enterprise Network transition schedule so that it'll be mostly complete by Oct. 1.

DoD and VA will achieve EHR interoperability, says Miller

Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.

IT security controls at IRS endanger taxpayer data, says GAO

Information security controls at the Internal Revenue Service are so deficient the confidentiality, integrity and availability of taxpayer data is at risk, finds the Government Accountability Office in an April 8 report.