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Army establishing standard marketplace for tactical communications hardware

The Army is establishing a standard marketplace where soldiers can acquire servers, ruggedized laptops and other tactical communications hardware in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

Marines testing viability of $2M robotic mule over rough terrain

The Legged Squad Support System, or LS3,  - which is also been nicknamed "Cujo" - is being used for resupply missions to various platoons in a training region in Hawaii.

New public-private partnership aims to train a new generation of cyber professionals

The Cyber Career Development Program teams up the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos national laboratories with Bechtel under a three-year program that will expose recruits to how government and commercial organizations approach cybersecurity by rotating them to a different organization every year of their training.

US government conducts largest cyber-defense exercise to protect critical infrastructure

The U.S. government has just wrapped up one of the largest cyber exercises to date, involving more than 500 participants from the military, law enforcement, civilian agencies, academia and the commercial sector.

GAO finds some security weaknesses within Fiscal Service's information systems

A review of a bureau's information systems within the Treasury Department found a "signficant deficiency" in security measures over financial reporting, a Government Accountability Office report released July 18.

Texas search-and-rescue group can resume drone usage after court order

A Texas volunteer group that searches for lost and missing persons is resuming use of drones in such efforts after a federal court said the Federal Aviation Agency's email warning the group not to use such unmanned aircraft wasn't legally binding.

GAO finds some key FDIC financial systems still vulnerable, open to attacks

Despite implementing stronger computerized defenses, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation still needs to address weaknesses that are putting key financial systems and information at "unnecessary risk," congressional investigators said.

Lew: Financial institutions need to beef up computer systems against cyber attacks

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said financial institutions need to implement stronger measures to protect their customers from cyber attacks and disruptions.

Despite recent successes, DOJ officials say more tools needed to combat criminal botnets

In recent years, Justice Deparment officials said they've successfully disrupted major criminal botnet operations from stealing more information and money. But as criminals continually change their tactics, officials said several U.S. laws need to be changed or updated to keep pace.

GSA's innovation team announces new API standards

The General Services Administration's team of innovators known as 18F has released its first version of recommendations and guidelines for API production.

New TechAmerica commission to advise federal government on tech convergence

An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.

FBI seeks information about cloud services to store criminal justice data

The FBI is seeking commercial cloud-computing options that can store vast amounts of criminal justice data. In a recent request for information, the bureau said it wants an on-site, infrastructure-as-a-service, "cloud in a box" system to support the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, W.Va., at multiple locations across the country

NGA, DHS and DoD agree on joint plan to strengthen cybersecurity

State governors and the Homeland Security and Defense departments said they've agreed on a joint plan to help strengthen cybersecurity across the United States.

Privacy, civil liberties coalition rails against Senate cybersecurity bill, urges Obama to reject it

A coalition of privacy and civil liberties groups, media organizations, think tanks, and online companies are urging President Obama to veto a cybersecurity bill, being considered by the Senate, that would encourage the private sector to share cyber threat data with the federal government.

NIST report outlines steps to strengthen encryption standards development after NSA revelation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's main advisory committee, which has been reviewing concerns about the integrity of the agency's cryptographic standards and guidelines program, recommended greater transparency and openness in NIST's relationship with the National Security Agency.

Commerce creates new 'chief data officer' post to help better leverage information

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said July 14 that the department is hiring its first-ever chief data officer to help it "develop, test, and grow the next phase of the open data revolution."

IG: Despite efforts to improve security, NASA computer networks still vulnerable

Due to an uptick in cyber attacks on the space agency's networks and web sites in recent years, the U.S. space agency launched a program to improve its cybersecurity and cut down on potential ways for hackers to get into its systems. A recent report by the NASA inspector general lauds the program's efforts, but notes that there's still room for more improvement.

New bipartisan legislation opens way for digital product labeling

A new bipartisan bill would give technology manufacturers the option to digitally provide labeling information instead of physically stamping or engraving it on the product.

Next-generation supercomputer to support nuclear weapons labs

The Trinity machine is part of a $174 million contract from the National Nuclear Security Administration to supercomputer manufacturer Cray. Los Alamos, Sandia and the Lawrence Livermore national labs will use it to run very large and complicated nuclear weapons simulations.

Major Internet trade group makes pitch to FCC for net neutrality

The Internet Association filed comments July 14 in response to the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality proposal that would allow Internet service providers offer faster service for websites willing to pay for it. The deadline for the comment period ends July 15.