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West 2011 Online Show Daily: Defense Doctrines, Processes Face Fundamental Shifts

January 28, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

West 2011 Online Show Daily, Day 3. "Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act. However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked."--Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation

Online Security Treasure Hunt Uses Competition to Find Talent

April 27, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A competition for students age 18 and older in California, New York and Delaware seeks to turn hackers into viable assets for the nation's cybersecurity needs. The U.S. Cyber Challenge's (USCC's) Security Treasure Hunt, taking place from April 12 to May 20, aims to find 5,000 people to compete to find security flaws and vulnerabilities on a target system. The top performers from each state will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Cyber Challenge summer camps. They also could be exposed to government, industry and academia officials searching for their skills to fill critical roles.

Prep Team Returns From Afghanistan

November 30, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor

Members of the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Enabling Capabilities (JEC) Command arrived home from Afghanistan and the first major operational use of the Ready JEC Package (RJP) just in time to join their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The War on Social Media

Tuesday, December 02, 2010
By Christopher J. Dorobek

The news earlier this year that the U.S. Marine Corps was banning social media sent some people into a near tizzy. How could it do such a thing? Aside from the fact that it was not what Marine Corps officials actually said—for security reasons they prohibited Marines from using applications such as Facebook and Twitter on Marine Corps computer networks—the move by the Marine Corps, and the uproar surrounding it, spurred the Pentagon to examine its policies surrounding these collaborative tools and to assess how they are treated.

“Random Hacks of Kindness” to Aid Emergency Response

November 20, 2009
by Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Some of the digital world’s most bitter rivals have joined forces with government and public-sector organizations to develop solutions for disaster relief. An inaugural meeting November 12-14 in Mountain View, California, already has generated some products, and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has lauded the effort and has pledged support.

DARPA Takes On 99 Red Balloons

November 10, 2009
By Katie Packard

Actually, there are only 10. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is holding the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Internet. Participants must locate the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of 10 red weather balloons that will be posted at undisclosed locations across the continental United States.

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009 Day 4—SIGNAL's Online Show Daily

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman

The final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009 featured two panels and two speakers looking at the way ahead.

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009 Day 3—SIGNAL's Online Show Daily

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman

Wednesday’s speakers and panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009 included assessments of needs and methods for information systems and cybersecurity.

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009 Day 2—SIGNAL's Online Show Daily

November 04, 2009
by Robert K. Ackerman

The challenges of the Pacific region and cyberwarfare issues dominated discussion on the second day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2009.

Phenomenal Feat in Afghanistan

November 03, 2009
by Maryann Lawlor

The NC3A installed communications in a new headquarters in record time.

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