Agency News: Department of Commerce

4G public safety network to undergo first tests

Telecom industry partners are being signed up for the public safety demonstration network being established by the Commerce Department to test LTE equipment for a 700 MHz nationwide public safety network.

First set of Smart Grid standards submitted to energy regulators

The first standards for Smart Grid interoperability and security have completed a cybersecurity review by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and have been forwarded to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for adoption. The Energy Department also is funding research on Smart Grid security.

GAO debuts new online report technology

GAO is piloting a new online E-Report to accompany its familiar PDF products with the release of a study on slippages in NOAA's next-generation weather satellite program.

Do agencies still have year-end spending sprees?

We tried to find out what agencies are spending their year-end money on, but it might not work like that anymore.

Cybersecurity gets faster with blending of two protocols

The integration of government's Security Content Automation Protocols with TCG's Trusted Network Connect could add automated policy enforcement to scanning and evaluation of security status.

Progress is slow on harmonizing government cybersecurity policies

A task force created to bring security policies and practices for national security and non-national security systems into line with each other as produced an initial set of common standards, but much work remains before the full benefit of the process is realized, according to the GAO.

5 critical steps on the road to IPv6

Connecting with the rest of the world could soon require the use of IPv6, and agencies should begin preparing now to use the new protocols.

What customers want from data recovery companies -- besides their data back

A DriveSavers survey of 636 information technology security and support personnel asks for criteria in vetting a data recovery company that could wind up handling sensitive data.

As smart grid approaches, security concerns follow

The new guidelines for securing an intelligent power distribution network released build on a security framework released in January and are the product of a 450-member public-private working group headed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Can you trust your data recovery vendor?

Pressed for time and money, agencies are often lax about vetting third-party data recovery companies. New NIST guidance seeks to correct the problem.

Need to deploy DNSSEC? NIST publishes its how-to

NIST has updated guidelines for securing the Domain Name System, including the use of DNSSEC to cryptographically sign zone information to ensure the availability and integrity of DNS data.

Back to school: Meet NIST's leader for national cybersecurity education

Federal Computer Week spoke today with Ernest McDuffie, who is leading the National Institute of Standards and Technology's coordination of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

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