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Everyday Information Now Vital Intelligence Target

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Food, water, disease and energy increasingly are becoming disruptive to global security. Accordingly, they are moving up the intelligence priority list.

What Does the Intelligence Community Really Want?

September 18, 2014
By Rita Boland

The intelligence community is striving to determine how it can work with industry early, before requirements for capabilities are confirmed, to get out ahead of challenges.

ODNI Debuts Transparent New Intelligence Strategy

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The first U.S. national intelligence strategy in five years is released exclusively in unclassified form.

Immaculate Collection Hindering Intelligence Capabilities

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Demands for "immaculate collection" of intelligence data are putting U.S. national security at risk.

Intelligence Community IDs Cyber Concerns

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

Cyber is the prime concern of the intelligence community, and going forward, every identity problem is a cyber issue.

DHS Looks to Replace IDENT

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to roll out a new central biometric system in the next two to four years.

Passwords Are Killing Us

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

Strong credentials that people trust will unlock new government and private sector activities. That was the message this morning from Jeremy Grant, senior executive adviser, National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

NSTIC Announces Pilot Program Awards

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

Confyrm, GSMA and MorphoTrust win contracts from NSTIC to secure identities better.

Character Counts. It's Easier to Exploit Humans Than Technology

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

Frank Abagnale, whose now-famous criminal exploits during his early years led him to an adulthood protecting the public, explained today what concerns him in terms of security and why people, not technology, need to be the biggest concern.

Forget Fingerprints, Officials Can Track You All Kinds of Ways

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

Biometric identification moved past fingerprints long ago, and the range of modalities is helping the keepers of law and order make a big difference in several ways.

Personal Information is Ubiquitous in the Digital World

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

People often don’t know who has their information, how those groups are using it or even if it’s correct.

AroundMe App Identifies Nearby Businesses

September 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Driving somewhere unfamiliar and in need of a gas station? Starving but not sure which restaurants are nearby? The free AroundMe app for iOS and Android identifies your location and shows you a complete list of nearby businesses in the category you select.

NGI Rolls Out, FBI Exploring More Biometrics

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification system went live last week, replacing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and improving accuracy.

DISA Seeks Small Businesses

September 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking information from small businesses as potential sources to provide cyber-related support services; to conduct activities; and to create products to improve the U.S. Defense Department's cyber systems.

Cybersecurity Technology from DHS Program Hits Market Two Years Early

September 12, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has transitioned the first technology in its Transition to Practice program to commercial market two years ahead of schedule.

Remembering the Past to Plan the Future

September 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The anniversary of 9/11 serves as a reminder of the importance of planning the national security future. In the years since, the country strengthened relationships among departments and agencies, as well as with coalition partners and allies. It also has implemented tactics, techniques, procedures and technologies for sharing information across government and with international partners.

DISA Cloud Brokering Up in Smoke

September 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

DISA had been identified as the Defense Department’s cloud broker, but that was rescinded just last week, reported Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director, command, control, communications and computers/cyber and chief information officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Settling Cyber Differences

September 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Senior military leaders will try next week to hash out differences on the command and control (C2) of the Joint Information Enterprise, or JIE, said Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director, command, control, communications and computers/cyber and chief information officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in remarks at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014.

AFCEA Awards Interoperability Innovation

September 10, 2014

AFCEA International awarded a total of $2,250 to three teams competing in the PlugFest contest, providing innovative solutions to interoperability problems. PlugFest is a demonstration of information technology interoperability using pre-integrated standards based components, from a variety of providers, which run in open standards based run-time environments across a particular enterprise.

Tactical Technologies Too Complex for Soldiers

September 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Many Army soldiers are receiving new vehicles and new tactical communications systems, but often those systems are so complex soldiers have difficulties setting up and taking down their tactical networks. The issue limits mobility on the battlefield because units hesitate to move knowing it can take hours to re-establish network communications, said Lt. Gen. Patrick Donahue, USA, the new deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command.

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