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NSA chief says cyberattacks on industrial systems are his top concern

Nation states and groups are engaging in risky behavior in the absence of cyberspace rules

Newham CIO: What happens when you outsource app-build to a company that goes bust

Newham Borough Council entrusted 2e2 with building its mobile app

US weather agency confirms cyberattack

NOAA shut down some services for unscheduled maintenance after four websites were compromised

US Postal Service Suffers Breach of Employee, Customer Data

Data breach affects names, Social Security numbers and other information of 800,000 employees, USPS says

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State CIOs List Security as Top Priority for 2015

In the coming year, top state tech officials aim to ramp up efforts to secure digital systems as they shift to the cloud, consolidate data centers and move on a host of other priorities.

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Election Day Was Just Another Chance to Worry About Security

We’re surrounding ourselves with devices that rely on software, but their designers never seem to take security seriously.

Visualizations may shape smarter city development

How data is displayed can affect who helps make decisions, experts said

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CIOs Tasked With Federal IT Overhaul Battle Culture and Bureaucracy

Government officials urge CIOs to work with senior management to break down cultural and operating siloes. To be successful, IT and the business units must work together in common cause on shared services, data centers and...


FBI Chief Urges Tech Firms to Rethink Encryption

FBI Director James Comey warns that default encryption settings on Apple and Google devices could impede law enforcement investigations, calling for an update of 20-year-old wiretapping law.

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The Navy is Building Robotic Weaponized Boats

The Office of Naval Research has created an autonomous boat system that can spot an intruder, race toward it in a swarm, surround it and even fire on it if need be.

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U.S. May Be Falling Behind in Researching Tech’s Next Big Thing

Various agencies' budget requests raise the question: What is the right amount of government spending for the Internet of Things?

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White House Sets 20% Data Center Efficiency Goal, But Finds Few Takers

Without a carbon tax or anything that penalizes fossil fuel consumption, the federal government has little ability to influence how much energy a data center uses. But it's trying.


Outgoing Commerce Department CIO Pushed to Shake Up the Federated Model

When Simon Szykman was named CIO of the U.S. Department of Commerce, he inherited a federated IT organization that needed to improve its efficiency and effectiveness, so he applied his strategic vision and consensus-building skills in...


Exclusive: Inside the NSA’s Private Cloud

National Security Agency is building its private cloud on commodity hardware, opens source software

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Data Center Consolidation Pays Off, Feds Find

Republicans and Democrats in Congress rarely seem to agree on anything anymore, but top members from both sides Friday offered qualified support for efforts to consolidate federal data centers.

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White House Blames IT Systems for Immigration Data Problems

The White House has touted open data initiatives for years, but in one of the most controversial areas in politics -- immigration -- crucial information is often unavailable or mistake-filled.

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Virtualization, Cloud Complicate Insider Threats for Federal CIOs

The expansion and blurring of the traditional government network environment require federal IT officials to rethink contracting processes and embrace real-time security monitoring.

The FBI’s Big, Bad Identification System

The FBI’s formidable Next Generation Identification is up and running

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Next-Generation Video Surveillance Comes to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office protects one of the country's fastest-growing areas. Video surveillance systems in its jails couldn't keep up with the growth -- or the times. Find out why the department turned to fully integrated...

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New Brunswick Conquers Identity Management With Virtual Directory

What started as a single provincial department's effort to roll out a virtual directory now helps government employees and citizens access about 150 applications. Find out how New Brunswick solved what could have otherwise been a big...

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