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New analysis tool helps Army better evaluate changes to tactical networks

A new tool promises to help the Army better evaluate evolving tactical networks by allowing for system-of-systems testing before large investments are made, according to the Defense Department.

More training, skills development needed for analyzing big data, experts say

Training students on how to best use big data has become a major challenge, according to a recent report published by the National Academies Press.

ONC: Meaningful use incentive payments, electronic exchanges on the rise for doctors, hospitals

Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.

Commerce secretary: US stands by multistakeholder process to preserve free, open Internet

The United States will resist all efforts to give "any person, entity or nation" control of the Internet rather than the "global multistakeholder communities," said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in a Oct. 13 speech.

White House won't pursue single, large cybersecurity bill

The Obama Administration hopes to overcome resistance to a single, large cybersecurity bill by pushing for several, smaller cybersecurity bills that could increase the odds of passage, said the White House Cybersecurity director during an Oct. 9 event.

Cyberwarfare underway 'all of the time,' says former NATO supreme allied commander

Cyberwarfare is not something theoretical or reserved for conflict in the distant future, but happening continuously right now, said Atlantic Council Board Director Gen. Wesley Clark Oct. 9 at an event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.

Top FAA official: Agency needs to make sure industry complies with key NextGen mandate

FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said he FAA needs to make sure that airlines and other operators comply with the mandate for implementing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, equipment in their aircraft by 2020.

National Guard fielding new interoperable communications systems for first responders

The Army National Guard will use a rapidly deployable, interoperable system to support Internet, phone and radio communications among police, fire fighters and other first responders during disasters.

Malicious insider attacks among the most costly, hardest to contain, says Ponemon

Malicious insiders, denial of services and malicious code are the most costly cyber crimes for U.S. organizations and account for more than 55 percent of all cyber crime costs per organization on an annual basis, according to an annual report on the cost of cybercrime.

NSF struggles to keep up with computing demands, study finds

Advanced computing needs are threatening the National Science Foundation's position as a provider of high-powered computing to its researchers, according to a new report.

Increased Internet speeds could exacerbate digital divide, say experts

A gigabit Internet connection – one that delivers 1,000 megabits of information per second – is available to some in the scientific community; however, the average U.S. Internet user, who enjoys only a 10.5 Mbps connection, could soon be seeing an upgrade. As companies begin to lay fiber for ultra-fast networks, Pew Research asked a panel of experts what to expect in the "gigabit age."

Electronics in cars need more study, greater protection, says traffic safety agency

Although electronics in passenger cars provide many benefits, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is researching ways to ensure they support public safety and are protected.

FAA, industry agree on high-priority NextGen initiatives

During an Oct. 8 meeting, Federal Aviation Administration officials, airlines, manufacturers and labor groups agreed on a plan that sets specific milestones, locations, timelines and metrics for completing what the group identified as NextGen's "high priority, high readiness" initiatives.

Twitter sues government over user data requests

Twitter sued the Justice Department Oct. 7, saying it violated the social media company's First Amendment rights by restricting its ability to disclose details on the government's national security requests.

Energy Department overpaying for software licenses, audit finds

The recently released audit found that DOE programs and sites routinely paid about $600,000 more than necessary when acquiring software licenses in a three-year period and had not maintained an inventory to manage them.

Congress.gov sheds beta label, enhances legislative information offerings

Two years after it launched, Congress.gov has moved out of the beta phase. The successor to the two-decade-old THOMAS system for finding legislative information features several new enhancements

Security concerns, economic stakes threaten Internet, panel says

The Internet, once an all-encompassing information hub is beginning to splinter as confidence in it wanes because of protectionist sentiments, interoperability challenges and cybersecurity threats, several experts said. Speaking at a Sept. 25 Brookings Institution event, one panelist said that as economic stakes in web-based activity and decreased security take a toll, the greatest challenge is shaping the structural evolution of the Internet.

Paper: Great promise for online voting if security, verification challenges met

Without a vast improvement in security, privacy and verification protocols, broad adoption of online voting – which has the potential to make voting easier and more accessible, improve turnout and reduce costs – is unlikely to take off, a new paper argues.

UN stands up data advisory group

A new group within the United Nations focused on harnessing data for sustainable development met for the first time during the Sept. 25 and 26 general assembly to review their mandate from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is tasked with submitting a report to the secretary general by early November with policy recommendations.

NIST looks to develop IT tools to protect individual privacy, civil liberties

Information technology professionals regularly employ catalogs and technical standards – one of the most notable is the use of encryption for security engineering. But, when it comes to privacy engineering, the toolset is practically non-existent and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is setting out the remedy that problem.