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FAA releases long-awaited drone rules

New rules pave the way for increased commercial uses of drones across the country, but also for domestic government uses.

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Cybercom touts attacks on ISIS

Military officials told the House Armed Services Committee that the hacking campaign against Islamic State has been a good testing ground for U.S. Cyber Command's ability to support combatant commands.

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Senate bill would require VA to stop using SSNs

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation that would make the VA stop using Social Security numbers as identifiers in its IT systems.

Robert McDonald

VA secretary presses Congress on funding for modernization

Robert McDonald said his agency can be modernized but not without the help of Congress.

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Chinese cyber espionage drops steadily, report says

A study by FireEye offers a fresh set of data points in China's cyber espionage, which U.S. lawmakers have long characterized as rampant and inexorable.

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Why small bites make sense for cloud

An experienced federal hand at cloud services acquisition recommends not going all in right away.

High-impact federal systems are vulnerable and under constant assault

According to a new report, federal agencies that store critical data are not fully prepared for the ongoing uptick in attacks on IT systems.

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Watchdog questions 'aggressive' FirstNet timeline

Officials for the planned nationwide broadband public safety system FirstNet say it is running on schedule, but its IG said awarding a contract by November might prove difficult.

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DOD bullish on bug bounties

"Hack the Pentagon" turned up almost 140 vulnerabilities in a demonstration of how DOD can capitalize on crowdsourcing.

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Tech groups oppose expanding FBI hacking authority

A group of companies that includes Google and PayPal told Congress it is hard to imagine that a proposed federal rule change does not violate the Fourth Amendment.

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The three-month FedRAMP approach

The FedRAMP team is bullish on getting cloud service providers through the approval process in a single quarter, thanks to its new pre-assessment phase.

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GAO wants more privacy protections for facial recognition data

GAO said the FBI should take a careful look at the privacy issues involved with facial recognition technology and the hundreds of millions of images the bureau can access.

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