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Former Microsoft chief launches government data site

Steve Ballmer's $10 million government data site offers scope and scale, but transparency advocates warn that it's not a management tool.

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Getting agencies access to insider threat solutions

Thanks to GWACs and small businesses, a growing number of options are available.

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Navigation moves indoors

By using the data generated from smartphone sensor readings, radio frequency signal strengths and GPS fixes, NIST hopes developers can build indoor navigation apps that can be validated against fixed locations.

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DHS Secretary cryptic on cyber

In his first public speech as Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly said government networks are constantly being bombarded, but he offered few details on any new cyber policies or initiatives.

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Microsoft says it's all patched up

The latest Shadow Brokers release of alleged NSA hacking tools included a trove of Microsoft exploits, but the software giant says it has now patched all of the vulnerabilities in the leaked code.

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IG: DISA needs a 3-year ATO for collaboration tool

The Pentagon's inspector general said DISA has complied with software management procedures for the lifecycle management of Defense Collaboration Services, but needs to mitigate risk levels to obtain a full 3-year authority-to-operate.

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Securing the government cloud

FedRAMP is a good first step, argues one security expert, but in the end, the customer is responsible for taking steps to prevent, detect and respond to cyber adversaries.

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Shadow Brokers leak trove of NSA hacking tools

The mysterious Shadow Brokers group has have released a trove of alleged NSA hacking tools including Windows zero-day exploits and tools designed to hack into the global SWIFT banking system.

M2M cyberthreat protocol is ready for prime time

The second generation of STIX, the structured language for conveying cyberthreat information on a machine-to-machine basis, is nearing completion.

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How government can securely move IT systems to the cloud

To manage the risks and maximize the opportunities, agencies keep five key considerations in mind.

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CIA director rips Assange, defends foreign surveillance

In his first public remarks as CIA director, Mike Pompeo defended the work of the agency -- and condemned Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former intel contractor Edward Snowden for undermining the CIA and national security.

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Former intel chiefs fear future election hacks

Former top CIA and NSA officials say Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election marks the dawn of a new era for information warfare directed against U.S. interests.

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