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DHS IG testfies about US-CERT shortcomings

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , US-CERT , DHS , DorobekInsider

Friday - 06/18/2010, 05:57pm EDT

Critical tests to decide future of DHS's virtual fence

CBP to implement and evaluate technologies at two sites in Arizona this year to see how well SBINet works and whether to continue deploying the technology. These tests are part of Secretary Napolitano's assessment of SBINet's value. Lawmakers remain pessimistic that the program can get back on track.

Tags: technology , Mark Borkowski , Chris Carney , Henry Cuellar , Randy Hite , House Homeland Security Committee , DHS , CBP , GAO , Boeing , border security , SBINet , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/18/2010, 06:49am EDT
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Wikileaks Chief Sends Pleas for Help

The editor-in-chief of the controversial web site Wikileaks' is sending out pleas for financial and legal help. Julian Assange is looking for some support in the formation of local "Friends of WikiLeaks" chapters to help build out the site's mission to (ostensibly) protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists. With pressure on the site coming from several directions - possibly including the Pentagon - regarding its publication of potentially sensitive information - Assange has sent out emails with the header "WikiLeaks may be under attack."

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity Report , cybersecurity , Pentagon , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:30pm EDT

Windows XP Vulnerability Exposed

A Google engineer and noted bug-hunter has released details about a serious vulnerability in Windows XP. The flaw could leave a hole open for remote attack. Tavis Ormandy found the flaw in the Windows Help and Support Center, a Web-based feature for end-user technical support. The news comes just a month before the official retirement of Windows XP by Microsoft, meaning the company will issue no further security patches.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Microsoft , Google , Tavis Ormandy , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:28pm EDT

U.S. Seeks Allies in Fighting Cyber Crime

Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn traveled to Ottawa recently to try and drum up support for a new international organization to combat cyber warfare. He told the Canadian audience the U.S. can't defend its networks alone, and pointed to increasing threats from hackers and computer viruses. The visit marked the kick-off a U.S.-led initiative to create such an international organization. Discussions have begun with several countries.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity Report , cybersecurity , Deputy Secretary of Defense , William Lynn , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:20pm EDT

Once Upon a Time in Teleworkland

Telework's beginning as an emergency response has a happy ending.

Tags: technology , TANDBERG Telwork Center , telework , EPA , GSA , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:18pm EDT

Turning A Painkiller Into A Cancer Killer

Without knowing exactly why, scientists have long observed that people who regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin have lower incidences of certain types of cancer. Now, in a study appearing in Cancer Cell magazine, investigators at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and their colleagues have figured out how one such drug, called Sulindac, inhibits the growth of tumors. The study reveals that the drug shuts down cancer cell growth, and initiates the death of cells by binding to a nuclear receptor, that can then turn genes on or off. Sulindac is currently prescribed for the treatment of pain and fever, and to help relieve symptoms of arthritis. The current study demonstrates a new application as a potential anti-cancer treatment that targets certain kinds of tumors.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , health , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:11pm EDT

EPA Completes Air Quality Testing At Schools

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed air quality testing outside of 63 schools in 22 states as well as at two tribal schools. The testing was done as part of an unprecedented school air monitoring initiative announced last year to protect children from toxic air pollution around schools. Air samplers using microprocessors and "Intelligent Air Pump"s were used to trap Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds, hexavalent chromium, and other airborne toxins while a Climatronics Sonimometer™ was used to measure wind speeds and direction. EPA experts will now analyze the data to understand whether air quality at these schools poses long-term health concerns for children. The agency has posted preliminary data to its Web site throughout the project to make public the levels of the 62 air toxins the monitors are checking.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , EPA , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 06:09pm EDT

NOAA Launches Oil Spill Tracker Web Site

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a federal Web site meant to answer questions about the response to the B-P Gulf oil spill. Agency officials say it's designed as a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, incorporating data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill. Originally designed for responders, who make operational decisions regarding the disaster, the web site integrates the latest data on the oil spill's trajectory, fishery closed areas, wildlife and Gulf Coast resources into one customizable interactive map. The web site is http://www.GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , NOAA , BP , oil spill , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 05:59pm EDT

Using Technology To Improve Small Biz Partnerships

The federal administration is looking for ways to improve contracting with small businesses - in particular through the use of innovative strategies and technologies - and they want the public's input on how it might be done. In an April Memo, President Obama established an interagency task force to improve agency contracting with small businesses. In addition to the creation of a Web site - that tracks agency progress in meeting small business goals - the President highlighted the importance of contracting with businesses owned by minorities, the socially and economically disadvantaged, and disabled veterans. Public input can be given in person at a meeting to held on June 28th in Washington's Commerce auditorium, or submitted via email by June 30th. The task force report is due out by the end of August.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Barack Obama , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 05:50pm EDT
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