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1500 cybersecurity experts from 23 countries will meet in Lille, France at the International Forum on Cyber Crime (FIC). Topics of debate and discussion will include identity theft, data piracy, virus attacks, electronic fraud, network penetration, botnets and espionage.  This summit represents an effort to foster international cooperation in securing cyberspace and reconcile differing privacy […] More
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly central to the public debate surrounding homeland security and defense operations. The private sector, particularly government contractors, are heeding the call and are positioning themselves as integral partners in the cybersecurity efforts taking place in the federal government, according to an article in Aviation Week. “Demand is growing with awareness, and […] More
On the Office of Science and Technology Policy blog, Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra writes that some of the most important advances in IT and communications, innovations like data compression, Ethernet, Berkeley Unix, the spreadsheet, public key cryptography, speech recognition, Mosaic and (of course) Google were made by students. “Today, with the right kind of support, […] More
Senior Fellow and Director of CSIS’ Technology and Public Policy Program, Dr. Jim Lewis spoke at the Potomac Officers Club event this afternoon.  His remarks focused on cybersecurity, and he detailed some of the greatest current threats to industry and national security, as well as some potential solutions. Much of his speech focused on China, […] More
Following cyber attacks against Google, officials at the State Department and Congress are considering proposals to create an ambassador-like cybersecurity post and the Senate Foreign Relations committee is considering tying U.S. financial aid to foreign countries’ ability to effectively police cyber crime. The “cyber ambassador” would negotiate cyber policy at the UN and make sure […] More
Among the many profound changes spelled out in Sunday's passage of healthcare reform is this: An estimated 16 million more low-income people nationwide will become eligible for Medicaid. The question now is, How can the current system support rising enrollment? States that have already invested in a modern web-based Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) will […] More
The senate’s healthcare reform bill passed the House of Representatives yesterday. SAIC won a deal with the U.S. Transportation Command. QinetiQ NA named Jeffrey Beck CFO of its Technology Solutions Group. Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen are heading a U.S. crime-fighting delegation to Mexico. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is pushing immigration reform. Google released […] More
Late last year, an article titled “Cascade-Based Attack Vulnerability on the U.S. Power Grid“ was published in the Safety Science journal by a Chinese student and his professor. The paper explored two possible attack scenarios on the U.S. power grid and how it would respond to such attacks. Two weeks ago, Larry Wortzel provided testimony […] More
Roland Cloutier, vice president and chief security officer at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., has joined the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). The NCSA is a non-profit that looks to enhance public-private partnerships in the field of cybersecurity, bringing together members of industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations. The NCSA board also includes […] More
The recent attempts by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate explosives on flight to Detroit in December and the attempt by a terrorist in Saudi Arabia to blow up Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with explosives in his rectum, has raised concern among transportation officials on how to detect explosives hidden beneath clothing. The U.S., […] More
Writing on the White House’s blog, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra commented on his trip last week to the West Coast.  He used the visual below to “capture [his] conversation” with leaders of California’s technology community. The purpose of CIO Kundra’s trip was to hear ideas from private-sector innovators in the technology space as well as […] More
Healthcare reform may still be up in the air, but this much is certain: Health information technology will be the foundational element in any reform effort “” and  contractors will play an important role. That was made clear this past year by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and accompanying HITECH Act. From electronic health […] More
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