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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.

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