The SIGNAL Blog

Cybersecurity Bucks Being Invested in Shelfware

April 28, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
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Although cybersecurity has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately, 90 percent of companies recently surveyed admit that their organizations have invested in a security technology that was ultimately discontinued or scrapped before or soon after deployment. 

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is Off to a Good Start

April 27, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis



The U.S. Defense Department now has a leader who fully grasps how technology can strengthen the defense base. Yet, bringing the military and the high-technology private sector together is not as easy as it used to be, given cultural differences.

Intelligence and the Iranian Framework

April 21, 2015
By Bill Nolte



Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses how attention will shift to verification when and if the Iranian nuclear framework becomes an agreement, marking a major challenge for U.S. intelligence.

The President's Next Cellphone

April 21, 2015
By Justin Marston

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.

Protection of PII Starts With the Person in the Mirror

April 16, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman



Do you have unique personal identification numbers (PINs) for all of your passwords? If you answered no, create a priority “to do” and investigate password vaults, accessible from your mobile devices and web browser.

A Three-Pronged Attack Against Cybersecurity Threats

April 15, 2015
By Ed Bender

Welcome to the security world, where agencies worry about cyber attacks from the outside as much as from the inside. Guest blogger Ed Bender highlights some surprising results from a recent survey in which respondents lament the insider threat; both from those who intend harm and those who inadvertently invite it.

Artificial Intelligence Is a Technology That Divides

April 15, 2015
By David E. Meadows



In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.

Association Launches Website for Careers in Security

April 14, 2015

The Electronic Security Association, a professional trade association that represents the electronic life safety and security industry, launched a website geared at connecting people interested in careers in the security with companies that are hiring.

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