Virtual smartphones running commercial mobile apps from a government-hosted data center could be the future of classified mobility. The President’s Next Cellphone

No matter the manufacturer, owning a classified smartphone in the intelligence community is meaningless if you have to lock it down to the point it becomes a "dumbphone" with essentially the same functionality of mobile devices from two decades ago. 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.

Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon at FreeDigitalPhotos.net GAO: Newer Aircraft Vulnerable to Hacking Through Onboard Wi-Fi

Modern commercial airliners could be at risk of in-flight cybersecurity attacks through a vulnerability posed by passengers using planes’ wireless systems, warns a federal watchdog agency.

DARPA's N-ZERO program aims to develop wireless, event-driven sensors that would remain dormant until triggered by physical, electromagnetic and other activity. The technology could increase mission life, reduce battery size and reduce the maintenance costs of unattended wireless sensors. With IC 'Swimming in Sensors and Drowning in Data,' Analysts Seek Big Data Solutions

The U.S. intelligence community's leading edge in the information-age technology race, particularly in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance domain, has put the Defense Department at a self-imposed disadvantage, marked by some warfighters behind the curve when it comes time to process and analyze the vast amount of information collected. 

Ecosystem of Cybercriminals and Nation-State Hackers Grows Stronger

On the same day that news headlines implicated Russian hackers in a significant cyber attack and breach on the White House, officials attending a cybersecurity summit Tuesday in the nation’s capital warned of the uptick in the number of nation state-sponsored cyber attacks against the U.S. government and businesses. 

A soldier looks at intelligence data via the Distributed Common Ground System. The NRO’s Future Ground Architecture aims to revolutionize the capabilities of NRO assets available to ground users. The NRO Looks Down to Look Up

The organization tasked with deploying and maintaining orbital reconnaissance assets is working on improving its ground architecture to keep those space-based capabilities relevant amid a changing threat picture.

This Web-based NGA map of a portion of Sierra Leone includes data compiled for the fight against Ebola. The agency expects to be providing geospatial intelligence for many more nontraditional missions in the foreseeable future. Time Will Tell in Geospatial Intelligence

The agency tasked with generating geospatial intelligence will be relying significantly on new commercial satellites that will increase the richness of the intelligence it provides its customers.

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