Agency News: Department of Commerce


Senator wants cybersecurity center at NIST

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is pushing to establish a new cybersecurity center of excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tighter cybersecurity, innovation on Commerce wish list

The Commerce Department wants advice on how to improve commercial cybersecurity while sustaining innovation in the information economy.

Spill prompts NOAA to define its data management architecture

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is defining the architecture needed to effectively manage, store and disseminate data to the public and other agencies in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill.

Training security personnel remains a challenge

Agencies are required under FISMA to provide training for IT security personnel, and the need to husband limited resources puts a high priority on matching appropriate levels of training with personnel. NIST offers some suggestions on meeting the challenge.

Obama makes $795M in broadband grants

Some $795 million will be spent for broadband development in rural and underserved areas in a second round of grants.

NOAA computer models predict coastal areas to be hit by oil spill

Computer modeling tracking wind and water motion predicts where the oil billowing from BP's ruptured well is likely to come ashore.

Obama to double commercial spectrum available for broadband development

Presidential memorandum calls for NTIA and FCC to identify 500 MHz of radio spectrum to be licensed for broadband connectivity over the next 10 years, and for development of technologies to make better use of this limited resource.

Tracking gulf oil spill efforts, in real time

Anyone with a Web browser and Internet connection can now track data related to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in real time.

Better cybersecurity depends on better information management

National Security Agency official Tony Sager says that sharing security information is not enough; information must be better managed to ensure that the right information about threats and vulnerabilities gets into the hands of those who need it.

NOAA interactive map tracks Gulf oil spill

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new Web features a mapping tool that integrates oil spill data from federal and state agencies.

Internet gatekeepers strengthen security at the root

The Commerce Department and global Internet authorities are installing a change to the root system of the Internet to improve security for domain names.

DHS would be cyber power center under Lieberman/Collins proposal

Three senior senators have introduced legislation to bolster the Homeland Security Department's role in protecting the country's networks and systems from cyber threats.