Tagged: technology

As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

In a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season. The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the...

U.S. Port Security Not Watertight, Says GAO Audit

This month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report stating that the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security have not yet done enough to address cybersecurity concerns in the maritime port environment. The report, addressed to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...

US Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together with the United States Secret Service, CSO magazine, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University the PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) published the “2014 US State of Cybercrime Survey“, an annual survey of cybercrime trends. This study reveals that cybercrime is on the rise and most...

“Malvertising”: The Hidden Hazards to Consumers’ Online Security and Data Privacy

Today the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.” The hearing, and accompanying investigation report, focused specifically on online advertising and the “data collection processes and security vulnerabilities...

How Can We Make Cybersecurity Policy a Cybersecurity Reality? New Report Provides Fundamentals

In a world where many of us depend on information technology to get through the day–where computers play a role in transportation, healthcare, and banking–cybersecurity is vital to personal security. On a larger scale, it is vital to national security. Today, the National Academies Press released a prepublication copy of...

Big Data: Potential to Deliver ‘Perfect Personalization’ or Discrimination and Segregation

The “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” report from the 1st of May focuses on the impact of big data on the United States government, people, and inner workings. Big data is a technological phenomenon that gained momentum at the beginning of the “Internet of Things” epoch. Big data analytics is...

25 Years of the World Wide Web: Current Overview and Predictions for the Future

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (the Web) by British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for an “information management” system that could be accessed and utilized by all, a concept that would eventually become the...

Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy Released by the DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) relies heavily on the electromagnetic spectrum to transmit data. As the use of the spectrum increases, the electromagnetic spectrum has become progressively more congested. The demand for timely information from air, land, maritime, space, and cyberspace operations requires a change in the way the electromagnetic...

DoD DSB Report: Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies

The DoD Defense Science Board (DSB) released this month a new report entitled, “Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies.” The report, created by the DSB Task Force on the Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification Technologies, remarks on the growing importance of “persistent surveillance” of global nuclear proliferation...

Declassified ODNI Report Explores the Link between National Security and the Virtual World

Following a 2009 request from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has declassified and released a report resulting from a July 2008 ODNI SHARP (Summer Hard Problem) program on “virtual worlds and their implications.” The formerly Confidential-level report, “3D Cyberspace Spillover:...