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New Mexico's Alamogordo ponders joint PSAP as feds push nationwide NextGen911 network

Officials in Alamogordo, N.M., are trying to work out funding and other details for consolidating a public safety answering point, or PSAP, to manage 911 calls for the city police and fire departments and the county sheriff's office, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

Tennessee firefighters say they need workarounds to avoid dropped signals with digital communication system

The mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., says her county's emergency management system shouldn't buy a new digital emergency radio system unless it can resolve signal issues that could put firefighters in danger, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

House panel approves opposition force training for cyber war games

An addition to the House defense authorization bill would create a dedicated, mandatory training program for cybersecurity troops that play the "red team" – generally Iran, China, North Korea and Russia – in cyber war games.

Spotlight: Military seeks privacy firewall for disaster relief efforts

The U.S. Military is looking for software that would allow it to look at social media posts in disaster relief efforts without violating privacy laws.

Survey: Federal employees' confidence in agencies' cybersecurity plunges

Dell last took the survey in 2014, and since then, of course, the Office of Management and Budget was the target of a major breach, so a drop in info security confidence is hardly surprising. Still, the scale of the drop is staggering.

Nebraska Forest Service buys computer simulation tool to improve efforts at fighting wildfires

The Nebraska Forest Service has purchased a new computer simulation tool designed to improve efforts at fighting wildfires, reported KDUH-TV News.

DOJ charges 7 Iran-sponsored hackers with attacks on US financial sector, New York dam

The Justice Department has indicted seven Iranian hackers who were responsible for a 176-day distributed denial of service, or DDoS, campaign aimed at the U.S. financial sector. This is the first time the U.S. government has formally charged state-sponsored individuals for trying to disrupt networks of key U.S. industries, according to The Washington Post.

NPPD proposes plan to redefine itself as operational cybersecurity body

The Homeland Security Department would rename and restructure the National Protection and Programs Directorate, or NPPD, in a new proposal redefining its mission. Its new identity of "Cyber and Infrastructure Protection," or CIP, would serve as a central cybersecurity taskforce and take a more operational role.

Fiscal 2015 federal cyber incidents increased 10% over previous year

Federal agencies reported 77,183 total cybersecurity incidents in fiscal 2015, a 10 percent increase over the 69,851 incidents in fiscal 2014, according to the Office of Management and Budget's Annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act report.

USGS and ESA partner to share Earth observation data

The European Space Agency established a new partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey last week in order to complement earth observing capabilities from the Landsat satellite series. The partnership will allow anyone to access complete Sentinel and Landsat data at no charge. The agencies plan to incorporate and converge the data sets in order to give users a more complete and accurate model.