Exec Tech


Shutterstock image: digital globe with green arrows and data trends.

Learning from larceny, SXSW crowdsourcing and tracking business incentives

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Shutterstock image.

Finding savings in FOIA

An analysis of state-level freedom-of-information requests shows how cost-effective smart open-data efforts can be.

astonished man in data center

Fed IT workers vote no confidence on data center uptime

Forty-two percent of federal IT workers surveyed by MeriTalk said downtime left them unable to do their jobs.

Washington Technology Fast 50 Logo

Washington Technology announces 2014 Fast 50

For some firms, at least, the federal market is booming.

Shutterstock image: mosquito sucking blood.

DARPA seeks model to forecast fast-moving virus

DARPA issued a $150,000 challenge to build a model that accurately charts the path of the chikungunya virus through the Americas.

TSA Blog screenshot: TSA TSIF.

TSA moves toward e-check of IDs

Electronic checks of drivers' licenses and other documents now checked visually by TSA agents against passengers' boarding passes is intended to speed up security lines.

Shutterstock image: illuminated light bulb signifying an innovative idea.

GCN Award winners, online privacy, Syrian malware and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community

Smithsonian transcription project moves out of beta

After a year of testing, an effort to use volunteers to transcribe historical documents and data for online use is opening wide.

Infrastructure

Why FISMA is not enough for the Internet of Things

It's not just TSA devices that are vulnerable, says Billy Rios, director of threat intelligence at Qualys. And the procurement process is a crucial link in preventing back-door cyberattacks on federal facilities.

cybersecurity concept

What it takes to achieve effective cyber defense

Addressing nontechnical challenges could help overcome slow-moving government policies and a compliance-focused culture, writes FireEye's Travis Rosiek.

futuristic cyberwar

HHS cloud plans, a key IT vacancy and talk of a cyber-specific service branch

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Shutterstock image: UAV hover-copter.

FAA moves on drone test and research sites

The last of six authorizations to operate and a solicitation for a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems came in the past week.