Agency News: Department of Commerce

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.

J.K. Rowling, eat your heart out: NIST updates a bestseller

After a decade of preparation, NIST has released the updated "Handbook of Mathematical Functions," accompanied by its companion online version, the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.

Patent office teams with Google to put data online

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is handing over nearly 10 terabytes of its data to Google so that it can be made available for free online.

21 years later, public safety networks still can't talk to each other

After more than two decades of development, the P25 suite of interoperability standards for public safety radio networks remains incomplete, House panel is told.

Next steps for continuous network monitoring

Developments reflect the conclusion that agencies must move beyond current Federal Information Security Management Act requirements.

GSA solicitation solidifies cloud commitment

Efforts advance to make cloud computing services accessible to federal agencies with new RFQ, the launch of a web site, and new support for FedRAMP program.

Commerce Department opens a public discussion on private data

The Commerce Department's interest in Internet privacy regulations adds a new player to an old debate over rules for how companies handle people's personal data.

US, Russia kick off talks on IT

Officials from the United States and Russia meet this week on a range of information technology-related topics.

Agencies sponsor $12M IT innovation contest

Organizations can compete on six teams for the best innovations in smart grid, IT infrastructure and green technology.

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