Federal News Countdown: minorities, women in IT; DoD turns to cyber

Friday - 10/14/2011, 6:53pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Alan Paller, director of research, SANS Institute
Frank Reeder, founder, Reeder Group

Alan Paller's stories
#3 Women, Minorities Scarce in IT Security Field
From Gov Info Security:

Despite virtually no unemployment among IT security pros, the scarcity of women, African Americans, Latinos and women is highly evident.

#2 Defense contractors turning to cybersecurity
From Financial Times:

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#1 BlackBerry Outage: RIM Apologizes, Says Service Returning
From ABC News:

BlackBerry is sorry. Very, very sorry. But amid slipping market share and an uncertain future, saying "sorry" may not be enough to win over disgruntled customers after this week's worldwide service interruptions.

Frank Reeder's stories
#3 Obama order will require agencies to better secure classified info
From Government Executive:

By executive order, President Obama will instruct federal agencies Friday to better safeguard their classified secrets, to set up internal audit systems, and to make sure that reluctance to share critical intelligence in the aftermath of the WikiLeaks exposure does not hamper collaboration across agencies.

#2 Women, Minorities Scarce in IT Security Field
From Gov Info Security:

Despite virtually no unemployment among IT security pros, the scarcity of women, African Americans, Latinos and women is highly evident.

#1 ‘Occupy DC' protesters rally in Freedom Plaza
From Washington Post:

They're out of work. They're from out of town. And they're fed up.

Many of those who "occupied" Freedom Plaza on Thursday said they had never been to a protest before but were inspired to come to downtown Washington by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began last month in New York and has spread to cities across the country.