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October 2011

Cyber Attacks on Mobile Devices Growing Rapidly

October 26, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A recently released report from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, predicts an explosion of cell phone threats in the coming months and reveals newly emerging vulnerabilities, including weaknesses in mobile device browsers.

Microgrid Powers Up in Afghanistan

October 20, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A new U.S. Army generator technology is saving fuel and lives in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan. Known as a microgrid, the technology links smart generators to provide the appropriate amount of power when it is needed.

Navy Special Operations Reduces Micro-Acquisition Timeline

October 13, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group 4 has reduced its time to process Government Purchase Card acquisitions from months to 3.2 days with a combination of technology and employee involvement. The resulting system not only lessens the time from request submission to purchase completion, it also walks users through processes to eliminate mistakes and can create various reports automatically for a variety of purposes.

Teams Nourish STEM Teachers With Scholarships and Grants

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA Educational Foundation has launched a program to cultivate the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching profession.

AFCEA Personality Profile: Celeste Gushee

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Organization and dedication are two steadfast personality traits that have led to Celeste Gushee’s professional success.

The Bottom Line: Passwords Secure Frustration

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Whether opening a browser, checking email or shopping online, two pieces of information are required and should be memorized: username and password.

Corporate Membership Means Dollars and Sense

October 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Corporate membership has doubled in the past five years—now topping 2,000. Corporate members benefit from a high degree of visibility in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and information technology military and government arenas.

Texas Computer Scientist Outflanks Next-Generation Computer Viruses

October 3, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas has discovered a new way to anticipate the actions of computer viruses, possibly heralding a new generation of tools and strategies to combat malware that attacks networks, servers and individual personal computers.

Internet Forecast Calls for Cloudy, Mobile Future

October 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

From the first graphical user interface to high-definition video streaming over handheld devices, computing has advanced exponentially during the last 30 years. Though the current application space enables individuals or small groups with little capital to become big players, two of Ma Bell’s titan offspring are setting trends as well.

Pacific Air Over Alaska

October 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Modern computer software, airborne combat simulation systems and a plethora of advanced Russian surface-to-air radar and missile hardware are melding air forces and ground-based air defense systems into a seamless air combat exercise that simulates ground and air combat. Friends are able to know immediately how their simulated fight against various foes is progressing, and after-action reviews can examine tactics and weapon performance in a multilevel security environment.

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