Patricia McMahon named deputy of Northrop Grumman’s Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division

Today, Northrop Grumman announced the appointment of vice president Patricia McMahon as full-time deputy of its Aerospace Systems sector’s Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division. Most recently, she led the Information Operations/Electronic Attack business for the company. As vice president and deputy, she will continue her role as the site …

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Nigeria Cracks Down on Cyber Crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, reported 800 fraud emailers have been deactivated. Additionally, members of 18 cyber crime syndicates have been arrested. EFCC has been working with Microsoft to help track down the cyber criminals. Police units have moved to a greater reliance on technology to …

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Vice Admiral McCullough to Head Fleet Cyber Command

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that Vice Admiral Bernard McCullough was reappointed Vice Admiral and will serve as commander of Fleet Cyber Command. Admiral McCullough will be stationed at Fort Meade, MD. Admiral McCullough currently serves as the deputy chief of naval operations for integration capabilities and resources at …

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Harris Corp. set to expand global reach

Yesterday, Harris Corporation announced that it is expanding its global presence with a new business operation. Under the leadership of Leon Shivamber, former corporate vice president of Supply Chain Management and Operations for Harris, the company is launching an International Business Development team as part of its Government Communications Systems …

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Reforming DCAA: Are new staff hires the answer?

When it comes to the Defense Contract Auditing Agency, here’s a sobering statistic to chomp on, courtesy of the AP: Compared with other federal oversight organizations (like the GAO), DCAA’s return on investment is pretty slim. For every dollar GAO spends, it saves taxpayers $94. At DCAA, the ratio is …

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Bill Couper to Chair 2009 Kidney Ball

It’s a frightening statistic: The Washington, DC area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease. But there’s hope. The Kidney Ball is the National Kidney Foundation’s largest one-day fundraiser, raising funds to support medical research and other critical initiatives. To keep the momentum going, Bill Couper, a key …

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Federal Student Aid Data at Risk

According to a redacted report recently released by the Inspector General, Federal Student Aid, a section of the Department of Education, has placed applicant’s personal data at risk. The reported highlighted eight poor security practices at Federal Student Aid. The report did not highlight any specific instances of data being …

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Bill to Increase DHS Funding for Cyber

Congress has approved a bill increasing the Department of Homeland Security’s budget by 6.6 percent for 2010. The bill includes an 27 percent increase for cyber security. The bill has been sent to President Obama for his approval. The total bill, authorizing $42.8 billion, is slightly below Obama’s requested$43.1 billion. …

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John Brennan: Only you can prevent cyber attacks

The weakest link in any computer system is the individual sitting right in front of the keyboard. That means you. It’s a point worth reflecting on, especially now; Obama has designated October “National Cyber Security Awareness Month.” To keep the momentum going, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and …

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Administration's Barrage of Cyber Info

The Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to effectively educate the American public regarding cyber security issues. Janet Napolitano and President Obama have both conducted video presentations on cyber security in the past week. With October designated by Obama as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the administration has …

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Government to Tap Brakes on IT Spending

According to a new report by TechAmerica, federal IT budgets will only grow 3.4% in the next 5 years. This is a significant drop from the 8.3% growth rate from 2005 to 2010. The estimates for the decrease in growth rate are influenced by the percentage of the federal deficit …

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Plants that Purify

The arrival of cool weather brings closed windows and doors and a dearth of fresh air.  While the average office and executive waiting area are usually decorated with a few plants, the right plants in the right places can do more than just convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.  They can …

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