The FBI said Sept. 15 that it's state-of-the-art digital system, which expands the bureau's identification capabilities for biometric and other types of data, is fully operational.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released draft guidance pointing out the risks and vulnerabilties of such so-called replication devices, which increasingly also include 3D printers and scanners. Besides reminding people about potential cybersecurity problems, it offers advice on how such devices and information that's stored or transmitted can be better protected.
As people increasingly and constantly use cellphones, wearable computers and other devices – which, in essence, have become an extension of themselves – a new paper from the Brookings Institution explores the future impact to surveillance and privacy from this trending "cyborgization."
The House on Sept. 11 passed by a 402-0 vote bipartisan legislation that promotes electronic labeling of devices rather than affixing or etching labels to equipment.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking experts to help develop standards for digital forensics, a fast-growing field dealing with the recovery of evidence such as data on cellphones or computers for criminal or civil investigations.
An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.
Several major technology trade groups are urging congressional leaders to support legislation that would ban bulk collection of phone and Internet metadata by U.S. spy agencies.
The department will spend more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives in 15 states – part of nearly $50 billion that it has invested in infrastructure improvements in the past five years. More than $23 million of the funding will go toward smart grid improvements to better manage and increase efficiencies in the nationwide electric system.
The lab said the technology, which has been developed and rigorously tested for 20 years now, creates cryptographic keys "with lightning speed" by using the quantum properties of light particles, or photons, to generate random numbers to securely send data.
The Energy Department's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or KBase, will help biologists analyze, store and share data. Led by Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories, KBase gathers data available on plants, microbes, microbial communities and the interactions among them in order to improve the environment and energy production.