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Federal Cybersecurity and IT News Round-Up

Feds May Get Paid for BYOD, DARPA Presents Inexpensive, Squishy, Camouflaging Robots, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • U.S. Cyber Command recently conducted a tactical-level exercise called Cyber Guard where it collaborated with subject matter experts from the National Security Agency, the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated silicone-molded robots capable of camouflaging themselves funded by their Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. More here.
  • Chief Software Architect for data.gov Chris Musialek announced that the platform would add machine-readable tags to the metadata readable by major search engines. More here.
  • The Department of Commerce is preparing to move to cloud email and collaboration infrastructure starting with the  National Institute for Standards and Technology. More here.

  • The Department of Commerce also named 12 members to the board of directors for FirstNet, the planned nationwide broadband network for first-responders. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Information Innovation Office will host a Proposers’ Day on September 27  in support of Plan X, a project to develop technology to coordinate and bolster cyberattack capabilities. More here.
  • The Department of Defense’s enterprise email system surpassed 500,000 users and the U.S. Army will complete its classified network migration by March of 2013. More here.
  • The Defense Department is falling behind on it’s rapid information technology acquisition plan. More here.
  • U.S. District Judge ruled that Google refused to comply with a court order to disclose the bloggers and commentators on their payroll, suggesting that there are so many that it would be impossible to name them all. More here.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology is planning a 3-month pilot of open source cloud-based web content management system Drupal, More here.
  • The National Security Agency has automated some privacy and legal decisions in their surveillance programs. More here.
  • The White House suggests a model for federal Bring Your Own Device policy where agencies would reimburse employees for a portion of their monthly costs. More here.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects that over 100,000 employees will use mobile devices for work within five years. More here.
  • The National Security Archive accused the Department of Justice of exaggerating the performance of the Freedom of Information Act administration. More here.
  • This post by was first published at CTOvision.com.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com

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