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Cool App-titude: Beeminder

November 12, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

Failing to meet a goal can sting—especially with the Beeminder app for iOS and Android. It tracks your progress toward a goal and makes you literally pay the price if you go off track. The first offense is free, but after that, you'll pay every time you derail.

AFCEA Answers: The Next Generation of Identity Assurance

November 8, 2013
By Max Cacas

When it comes to cybersecurity, one of the biggest challenges is verifying the identity of the end user, whether it's for an e-commerce site or a secure government database. Experts weigh in during the latest episode of AFCEA Answers.

VIDEO: Should the Intelligence Community Embrace Big Data?

November 7, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Big Data increasingly is viewed as the future of knowledge management, aided and abetted by the cloud. And, it would seem to be a perfect fit in the field of intelligence. But two longtime experts in intelligence take opposing views on the utility of big data for intelligence.

King Hopes AFCEA Subcommittee Inspires Women to Participate in Government

November 7, 2013
By Cyndy Hogan

Sandi King is living proof that hard work and dedication can propel a career. As chair of AFCEA International’s Women Subcommittee, she is doing everything she can to share that message with all of AFCEA, especially young women.

Cool App-titude: Politics Today

November 5, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

As voters across the U.S. head to the polls, it's easier than ever to keep up with news and analysis on your iPhone or iPad. The Politics Today app uses an algorithm to create a custom content viewing experience.

NIST to Review Cryptographic Standards Development

November 4, 2013

To ensure the integrity of its mission to protect the nation’s information technology infrastructure, NIST has initiated a review of its development process for cryptographic standards and guidelines amid reports of leaked classified documents.

Bandwidth Gem

November 4, 2013

A team led by Sandia National Laboratories scientists has created a tunable plasmonic crystal that could increase the bandwidth of high-speed communication networks and enhance high-speed electronics. The researchers accomplished the effect by making the plasma-containing crystal agile in transmitting terahertz light at varying frequencies.

DISA Consolidates Data Centers

November 4, 2013

DISA closed data center operations in Dayton, Ohio, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and transferred the functions of these centers to other Defense Enterprise Computing centers on October 1.

Cool App-titude: Rockpack

October 29, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

A new way to discover and watch videos on your iPad or iPhone. The free Rockpack app makes it easy to create, share and follow video playlists called "packs." Add your favorite videos and make packs based on your interests or follow packs from your friends and other users.

Global Defense Cybersecurity Market Set to Grow

October 24, 2013

Defense sector-specific solutions are driving growth in the cybersecurity market and will continue to do so through 2016. According to a Research and Markets report, the escalating amount of data stored in defense information systems and the increased number of cyberthreats are a major driver of this trend.

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