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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.

OMB changes security incident reporting procedures, tweaks FISMA metrics

The Office of Management and Budget said Oct. 3 that new guidelines issued to federal civilian agencies will improve the government's information security posture.

 

New model helps forecasters relay more accurate localized weather events to communities

Weather forecasters are better able to warn local communities threatened by tornadoes, hail, torrential rain, or heavy snowfall as well as air traffic managers and pilots about air turbulence and thunderstorms thanks to a new, next-generation weather prediction model.

UPDATED - Final smart grid interoperability standards guide released by NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its third – and final – version of a document designed to help industry transform the more-than-century-old U.S. electrical system into an advanced, interoperable smart grid.

VA expands immunization record sharing pilot

Veterans will now be able to get some vaccinations at a nationwide drugstore's retail locations thanks to improved sharing of veteran electronic health records with a private platform.

Flexibility in airspace crucial and NextGen can help, FAA administrator says

When a contractor last week started a fire at an air traffic control center near Chicago, one of America's busiest airspaces, thousands of flights were delayed or canceled. The Federal Aviation Administration's quick response to get the center operational again is indicative of the flexibility the industry needs, the agency's top official said.

Mayorkas: DHS in 'dire need' of cyber legislation

A Homeland Security Department official said the department is in "dire need" of legislation that would address cyber threat information sharing and help it build its cybersecurity workforce. "We are not without tools, but we do have a dire need for legislation to better equip us," said Mayorkas, during an Oct. 1 Washington Post event.

CMS releases first set of providers' financial data, raising more concerns from dissenters

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data on 4.4 million payments to doctors and teaching hospitals worth almost $3.5 billion, providing consumers for the first time a closer glimpse into the financial relationships between health care providers and industry.

DoD helping other countries build cybercommands, says official

The Defense Department is working with foreign militaries on cyber "capacity building" by helping them stand up offensive and defensive capabilities in the cyber domain, said a DoD official during an Oct. 1 event hosted by the Washington Post.