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GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year

The Government Accountability Office said reports of malware targeting mobile devices have nearly tripled in less than a year.

Tags: GAO , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , malware , Federal Drive , NIST , DHS

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:18am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Aug. 28

Jamal Mazrui of the FCC previews an event next week to invite app developers to make more disability-accessible products. Procurement lawyer Joe Petrillo breaks down a decision on the 8(a) program that was 17 years in the making.

Tags: Federal Drive , Jamal Mazrui , Joe Petrillo , contracting , Rob Levinson , Bloomberg Government , Neal Young , NIH

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 08:41am EDT

Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Tags: Jamie Barnett , 911 , emergency communications , broadband , technology , oversight , derecho

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- May 31

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell discusses today's House hearing considering a proposal to reign in the Internet. Yvonne Jones of the Government Accountability Office explains why agencies are falling short in hiring more workers with disabilities.

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , Robert McDowell , Yvonne Jones , people

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 09:17am EDT

Wireless startup LightSquared files for bankruptcy

LightSquared Inc., which hoped to create an independent wireless broadband network in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.

Tags: LightSquared , wireless , broadband network , technology ,

Monday - 05/14/2012, 04:42pm EDT

FCC, NIST leading fight against 'zombie armies'

A new Internet Botnet Group will bring together federal and industry experts to try to stem the tide against botnet attacks. Experts estimate one in 10 computers are controlled by bad actors using malicious software to attack organizations. FCC working groups released three reports with recommendations for improve cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Miriam Perlberg , Julius Genachowski , NIST , National Security Council , White House , cybersecurity , botnets , Steve Crocker , Shinkuro , Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group , Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council , DNSSEC , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:15am EDT

LightSquared tries to revive broadband network

A Virginia company is trying to revive its plan for a national high-speed wireless network, arguing that it can address federal regulators' concerns over interference with GPS devices.

Tags: LightSquared , GPS , National Broadband Plan , broadband network , technology

Monday - 03/19/2012, 05:51pm EDT

FCC asks private ISP providers to fight cyber threats

A new FCC report finds the providers have the power to crack down on attacks like botnets, domain name fraud and IP address hijacking.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/24/2012, 08:02am EST

Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tags: technology , people , OMB , USAID , Haley Van Dyck , Steven VanRoekel , Web 2.0 , social media , .gov reform , mobile , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST

FCC spectrum sale to help fund payroll tax extension

When Congress last week passed a year-long extension to the payroll tax break, it found several ways to pay for it. One way is for the Federal Communications Commission to sell a section of unused broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband and public safety applications.

Tags: Alan Tilles , budget , public safety network , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 11:42am EST
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