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Homeland Security Chief Talks Cybersecurity at Major Conference

April 21, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Cybersecurity has become a mission of equal importance to the Department of Homeland Security as combating terrorism, Secretary Jeh Johnson shares at the RSA Conference 2015 in California.

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is Off to a Good Start
April 27, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

The U.S. Defense Department now has a leader who fully grasps how technology can strengthen the defense base. Yet, bringing the military and the high-technology private sector together is not as easy as it used to be, given cultural differences.

Will Any Meaningful Cyber Legislation Make It to the Presidentís Desk?
April 27, 2015
By Robert Clark

Don't expect important cyber legislation to be sent to the president any time soon. If history is any judge, all that will emerge is a rehash of existing regulations or executive actions codified for public consumption.

Intelligence and the Iranian Framework
April 21, 2015
By Bill Nolte

Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses how attention will shift to verification when and if the Iranian nuclear framework becomes an agreement, marking a major challenge for U.S. intelligence.

The President's Next Cellphone
April 21, 2015
By Justin Marston

Guest blogger Justin Marston tackles the reality that is the current state of classified mobility across the U.S. government—voice and basic email. It’s not what senior leaders want, he writes. They want apps, just like everyone else, but their (justified) level of paranoia has neutered most mobile devices.

Protection of PII Starts With the Person in the Mirror
April 16, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman

Do you have unique personal identification numbers (PINs) for all of your passwords? If you answered no, create a priority “to do” and investigate password vaults, accessible from your mobile devices and web browser.

A Three-Pronged Attack Against Cybersecurity Threats
April 15, 2015
By Ed Bender

Welcome to the security world, where agencies worry about cyber attacks from the outside as much as from the inside. Guest blogger Ed Bender highlights some surprising results from a recent survey in which respondents lament the insider threat; both from those who intend harm and those who inadvertently invite it.

Artificial Intelligence Is a Technology That Divides
April 15, 2015
By David E. Meadows

In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.

Association Launches Website for Careers in Security
April 14, 2015

The Electronic Security Association, a professional trade association that represents the electronic life safety and security industry, launched a website geared at connecting people interested in careers in the security with companies that are hiring.

The Bottom Line: Information is Power; Sharing Makes It Powerful
April 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Today more than ever before, it’s all about information. But, it turns out that Sneakers script writers only scratched the surface. 

Cost and Pricing Data for Commercial Item Acquisitions?
April 8, 2015
By Al Krachman

Is the U.S. Defense Department moving back toward requiring cost and pricing data for commercial item purchases? A recent series of memoranda and experiences show a backward march toward the department requesting cost data as a means to justify fair and reasonable pricing for commercial item purchases.


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