Federal Drive Show Blog - May 3, 2013

Friday - 5/3/2013, 11:45am EDT

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today's guests:

Charlie Allen
principal
Chertoff Group

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The Boston Marathon bombing has re-opened the question of how well federal agencies share threat information with one another and with state and local law enforcement. Charlie Allen, principal of the Chertoff Group, was the Homeland Security under secretary for intelligence and analysis. Before that, he was assistant director of the CIA. He talks about what changes might still be needed.

Lt. Col. Tony Kirtley
commander, Computer Network Defense Team
Missouri National Guard

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Legislation moving through Congress would set up cybersecurity teams in every state's National Guard. Lawmakers worry that the Defense Department cannot recruit enough cyber warriors. Cyber Guards could help by leveraging the experience of private-sector IT folks. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggests his state's Cyber Guard could be the prototype for the nation. So we've called its commander, Lt. Col. Tony Kirtley to find out how the team operates.

Kari Bruwelheide
anthropologist
Smithsonian Institution

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The discovery is both fascinating and horrifying. Human skeletal remains found in the original Jamestown colony show evidence of cannibalism. The Smithsonian Institution was instrumental in making that conclusion. Smithsonian anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide offers more details.

From Our Reporters

The Pentagon is rolling out as many as 100,000 new secure mobile devices by the end of next year. It also plans to invest in a departmentwide app store. But as Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD estimates that spending will pay for itself in short order.

Agencies soon will have a minimum set of cyber standards for securing their iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys. The Chief Information Officer's Council and the Homeland Security Department are receiving comments on the draft version. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller offers a sneak peek at what the mobile security standard will cover.

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