Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate

Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate

Enterprise targeting cyber enemies are deploying vast amounts of potent ransomware to generate revenue and huge profits – nearly $34 million annually according to Cisco’s Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report out this week. Ransomware, Cisco...

07/27/16

Feds unleash $4.5B push to promote electric car adoption

Feds unleash $4.5B push to promote electric car adoption

The White House last launched a number of steps it hopes will spur the development and further adoption of electric vehicles – including $4.5 billion to help build-out the country’s electric charging grid. “In the past eight years...

07/26/16

FBI needs to beef-up high-tech cyber threat evaluations says DoJ Inspector General

FBI needs to beef-up high-tech cyber threat evaluations says DoJ Inspector General

a report out this week from the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General which found that while the FBI has an annual process, known as Threat Review and Prioritization (TRP), to identify the most severe and...

07/21/16

DARPA tackling reusable, modular chipset technology

DARPA tackling reusable, modular chipset technology

Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week said they were looking for information on how to build interface standards that would enable modular design and practical circuit blocks that could be reused to...

07/19/16

UNH SDN consortium promises interoperability testing, benchmarking

UNH SDN consortium promises interoperability testing, benchmarking

Looking to help business customers ensure their Software Defined Networking products and applications work and perform properly, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) this week said it would form...

07/13/16

FBI leaves infamous “DB Cooper” crime mystery to the ages

FBI leaves infamous “DB Cooper” crime mystery to the ages

You may recall that in November 1971, between Seattle and Reno, Cooper parachuted out of the back of an airliner he'd hijacked with a bag filled with $200,000 in stolen cash. He's never been found, though some of the stolen money was...

07/13/16

DARPA unified space-sensor networks help keep orbiting junk from slamming into something important

DARPA unified space-sensor networks help keep orbiting junk from slamming into something important

DARPA’s OrbitOutlook (O2) program brings seven previously separate new space sensor networks together that could ultimately feed into the United States Space Surveillance Network (SSN), a worldwide network of 29 military radar and...

07/01/16

US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

The number of state wiretaps in which encryption was encountered decreased from 22 in 2014 to 7 in 2015. In all of these wiretaps, officials were unable to decipher the plain text of the messages. Six federal wiretaps were reported...

06/30/16

DARPA wants radical propulsion system capable of Mach/hypersonic speeds

DARPA wants radical propulsion system capable of Mach/hypersonic speeds

Fast, faster, fastest might be an accurate description of the type of propulsion system researchers from DARPA are looking to build in the next few years. The radical research agency will next month detail what it calls the Advanced...

06/27/16

IBM Watson/ XPrize open $5 million AI competition for world-changing applications

IBM Watson/ XPrize open $5 million AI competition for world-changing applications

According to IBM and XPrize, the four-year competition aims to “accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand...

06/23/16

10 steps the IRS needs to take now to secure tax returns, fight fraud, identity theft

10 steps the IRS needs to take now to secure tax returns, fight fraud, identity theft

The key IRS advisory group, The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issued its annual state of the agency report this week that concluded: The erosion of the IRS tax system’s integrity from the proliferation of tax...

06/22/16

Security of “high-impact” federal systems not exactly rock-solid

Security of “high-impact” federal systems not exactly rock-solid

At issue here the GAO wrote is the weakness of “high impact” system protection because the government describes those “that hold sensitive information, the loss of which could cause individuals, the government, or the nation...

06/21/16

DARPA wants to design an army of ultimate automated data scientists

It is a situation the researchers at DARPA want to remedy with a new program called Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M). The goal of D3M is to develop algorithms and software to help overcome the data-science expertise gap by...

06/20/16

Fed watchdog raises questions about FBI facial recognition accuracy, privacy

Fed watchdog raises questions about FBI facial recognition accuracy, privacy

The FBI has access to nearly 411 million photos through its internal unit called Facial Analysis, Comparison and Evaluation (FACE) FACE Services that can search or request to search databases owned by the Departments of State and...

06/16/16

FBI: Business e-mail scam losses top $3 billion, a 1,300% increase in since Jan.

FBI: Business e-mail scam losses top $3 billion, a 1,300% increase in since Jan.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) this week said the scourge it calls the Business Email Compromise continues to rack-up victims and money – over $3 billion in losses so far.

06/15/16

NASA describes out of this world data glitch that almost finished its planet hunter

NASA describes out of this world data glitch that almost finished its planet hunter

The latest happened in April when Kepler went into “Emergency Mode” which among other things allows for priority access to ground-based communications via NASA’s Deep Space Network. NASA noted at the time that the spacecraft is...

06/10/16

National Intelligence office wants to perfect the art of security deception

National Intelligence office wants to perfect the art of security deception

This week the advanced technology developers from the Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) office put out a Request For Information about how to best develop better denial and deception technologies – such as...

06/09/16

US intelligence unit to advance management of virtual desktop security, systems

US intelligence unit to advance management of virtual desktop security, systems

Getting a handle on cloud-based virtual operations is no easy task. Next month researchers from the Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will introduce a new program that looks to address that management concern by...

06/08/16

Cisco: IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte level in 2016

Cisco: IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte level in 2016

“Advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) are continuing to drive IP traffic and tangible growth in the market. Applications such as video surveillance, smart meters, digital health monitors and a host of other Machine-to-Machine...

06/07/16

OpenSwitch finds critical home at Linux Foundation

OpenSwitch finds critical home at Linux Foundation

The move gives OpenSwitch a neutral home where it can receive all the necessary support for long-term growth and sustainability – including back-office, technical infrastructure and ecosystem development services, said Michael Dolan,...

06/02/16

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