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The Positive Side of Cyber

September 9, 2014
George I. Seffers

All too often, the topic of cyber presents a negative view of vulnerabilities and attacks, but cyber has a positive role to play in national defense, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaking as a keynote at AFCEA TechNet Augusta.

Washington, D.C., Receives $30 Million Grant For Program to Protect Region Against Nuclear Threats

September 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The National Capital Region is receiving a five-year federal grant of $30 million to build its capability to detect and deter nuclear and radiological threats. Washington, D.C., is the third city to launch the Securing the Cities program.

SafeTrek App Alerts Police in Unsafe Situations

September 2, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Have you ever felt unsafe or just uneasy while walking in a certain area? The SafeTrek app, developed by students at the University of Missouri, uses a "safe button" to passively connect to police and automatically notify them if anything goes wrong.

United States to Share Space Situational Data with European Organization

August 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Strategic Command announced today it has entered into a new space situational awareness data-sharing agreement with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). The agreement, which was signed August 9, provides EUMETSAT with higher quality and more timely space information tailored for its organization’s specific purposes in exchange for satellite-positional and radio-frequency information.

Active Duty Service Members Eligible for Expedited TSA PreCheck Program

August 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Service members can get expedited travel screening at TSA PreCheck airports using their Defense Department identification number when booking flight reservations. The security approach is available to all members of the U.S. armed forces, including the reserves, the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard.

STRATCOM Improves Space Junk Situational Awareness

August 26, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of unknown origin will help satellite owner-operators better protect their space assets.

Hanx Writer Recreates Typewriter Experience for iPad

August 26, 2014
By Rachel Lily

Do you hanker for the nostalgic feeling of typing on a manual typewriter? Tom Hanks has the solution. The free Hanx Writer app for iPad, created by the actor in partnership with creative agency Hitcents, brings the look, feel and sound of old-fashioned word processing to life.

Sponsor Blog: Riverbed Federal Offers Rapid and Easy Solutions to Counter Cybersecurity Challenges

August 25, 2014
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This article is written by our sponsor Riverbed Federal. Federal agencies are always looking for ways to spend their security dollars more efficiently. Cyber Attack Defenders recently sat down with Sean Applegate, director of technology strategy at Riverbed Federal, who provided some tips on how agencies can boost their security capabilities while cutting costs.

Guest Blog: Is 'Bring Your Own App' the Answer to Mobile Security?

August 25, 2014
By Chris LaPoint

"There’s an app for that" is truer than ever these days. As BYOD and BYOA increasingly infiltrate government agencies, public sector information technology departments must consider the impact these apps and devices have on their own environments. Chris LaPoint explains why agencies need to focus on applications, not devices, as the key to enabling a mobile work force.

NIST Seeks Input on App Testing

August 22, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is preparing recommendations to help organizations leverage the benefits of mobile apps while managing their risks.

New TSA PreCheck Program On- and Off-Airport Locations Open

August 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Number of U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck application centers increases.

NSF Invests Millions in Academic Cloud Computing Testbeds

August 21, 2014
By Rita Boland

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated two $10 million projects to create separate cloud computing testbeds called Chameleon and CloudLab. Through the efforts, the academic research community will develop and experiment with novel architectures and architecturally enabled applications of cloud computing.

U.S. Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in CANES Contracts

August 20, 2014
George I. Seffers

The estimated, cumulative value of the multiple award contract is $2,529,500,000. CANES serves as the bridge to the future of Navy afloat networks, consolidating existing legacy and standalone networks, providing the necessary infrastructure for applications, systems and services to operate in the tactical domain.

AFCEA Leadership Series: Leaders Are the Sum of Their Life's Work

August 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

In a video slightly longer than six minutes, Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), steadily delivers messages of collaboration and team building and addresses his most trying times as a leader.

My Day (Not at All) Playing Video Games

August 19, 2014
By Rita Boland

It's very easy to fall into the trap of viewing simulated training as a game. But it really, really isn't.

Some Cyber Attackers Lie Low

August 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin officials report that some attackers against their networks have disappeared—for now.

Fly Through Customs

August 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection now offers an app that expedites the entry process for U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors into the United States.

The Bottom Line: The World Is Full of Journalists

August 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

New media entrants have quietly emerged: John Q. Public as the on-the-spot reporter.

NIE Introduces New, Earlier Cyber Elements

August 12, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army is introducing new cyber features into its semiannual Network Integration Evaluation to better identify, understand and defend against threats.

U.S. Army Provides Intelligence Systems to Afghanistan

August 12, 2014
by George I. Seffers

The Army program executive officer-intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors (PEO-IEW&S) office is providing the Wolfhound man-portable signals intelligence system to the Afghan National Army (ANA). The 201st ANA Corps received the system and was trained on its use earlier this year.

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