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'Mayhem' takes first in DARPA's all-computer hacking challenge

In the first head-to-head hacking competition of autonomous computers, a system developed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner.

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IT COST commission says feds could save $5.8 billion on IT

A joint private-public commission, IT COST, recently offered 21 recommendations to improve transparency, reduce waste and increase the efficiency of IT spending within federal agencies.

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In DARPA challenge, smart machines compete to fend off cyberattacks

The first all-machine hacking competition, sponsored by DARPA, is taking place today in Las Vegas.

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How to keep Facebook, Twitter from being terrorists’ hunting grounds

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that, if elected, she would try to curb terrorists from using the Internet as a recruiting tool. But her statement raises questions over what can be done to prevent terrorists from...

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Politics blamed for feds' reliance on old IT

Although the U.S. government is spending more than $81 billion on IT, only about a quarter of that money is spent on new systems.

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Virtual reality needs U.S. gov't backing

As virtual reality and augmented reality gain popularity with consumers, attention is turning to ways these immersive technologies can be used in U.S. schools and in the work force.

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Spies planted malware on critical infrastructure, Russian security service says

Russian military networks and other critical infrastructure have been hit by tailor-made malware, according to government officials.

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FBI to lead nation's cyberattack responses

President Barack Obama on Tuesday officially put the FBI in charge of cyberattack responses.

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The FBI is using outdated IT to foil FOIA requests, lawsuit alleges

The FBI is using antiquated computer systems to deliberately foil requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, a new lawsuit alleges.

CIO Masters Series: David Wilde, CIO of Essex County Council

A look at the work and vision of David Wilde, CIO of England's Essex County Council, who is a leader in public-sector IT innovation.

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In Nice attack, government's official terror alert comes too late

"Take cover," the French government warned people in Nice via its official terror alert app, hours after the immediate danger had passed.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

The U.S. government is trying to improve the recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals.

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The payoff from a rigorous software selection

With major software purchases, the key to maximizing success is preparation. Even if you already know what software you want, there are still numerous benefits to a rigorous evaluation & selection. And maybe the favored software is...

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AWS, Microsoft cloud win US government security approval

Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that will allow federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on the cloud-computing services.

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Will government ‘IT special forces’ put CIO role in jeopardy?

As new units of IT experts take shape across departments and agencies to advance high-priority projects, lawmakers and a government watchdog warn that CIO authorities must be preserved.

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Russian hackers breach DNC computers, steal data on Trump

Russian government hackers managed to breach the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and stole opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Iron Man meets Aquaman as Navy turns to augmented reality

Scientists with the U.S. Navy are working to develop an augmented reality display for divers' helmets.

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