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  • Expert: Hackers penetrating control systems

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    The networks powering industrial control systems have been breached more than 125 times in the past decade, with one resulting in U.S. deaths, a control systems expert said Thursday.
  • FCC releases list of TV stations converting early to digital

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 11:08 am

    More than 150 stations plan to switch to DTV before the June 12 deadline.
  • N.J. Gov. Corzine asks Facebook friends for budget feedback

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 10:35 am

    New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is the latest politician to turn to Facebook to get input from constituents.
  • IT bribery suspect to stay in jail; evidence 'overwhelming'

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Yusuf Acar, who has been working as acting chief security officer in the District of Columbia's IT department, was back in federal court Tuesday to seek his release from jail, where he has been held since his arrest on bribery charges last Thursday. But the judge ordered Acar to remain in custody, saying that the evidence underpinning the bribery charge is "overwhelming."
  • Vivek Kundra reinstated as federal CIO

    Posted March 17, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    Vivek Kundra, who took a leave of absence from his job as the federal government's CIO last week, was reinstated Tuesday after the White House determined that he has no connection to an alleged bribery scheme in the District of Columbia's IT department, where he previously was chief technology officer.
  • Advice for Obama's Federal CIO, Part Four

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Mr. Kundra: You have been hired by the Board (excuse me, the Obama Administration) to reduce federal technology spending, to increase information sharing between federal agencies, to allow greater access to government information and to ensure privacy and security. What now? Having been in IT for over 20 years (including 5 years with the RTC, God rest its soul), I offer you the following advice:
  • CIOs Counsel Kundra: Advice for Federal CIO, Part 3

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:42 am

    An open letter to Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO.
  • Advice for Obama's Federal CIO, Part Two

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Dear Vivek: Congratulations on your recent appointment as the federal government's first official CIO. I've often wondered why the role hasn't existed up to now. I just assumed they could not find a person willing to take on the herculean task for a government salary. Evidently I was wrong.
  • Job 1 for New Federal CIO: Balance Openness with Security

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Vivek Kundra, the country's first ever federal government CIO, has will have to strike a balance between the President's drive for openness and transparency and the need for security
  • Kundra takes leave of absence from federal CIO post

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:03 pm

    The fallout from Thursday's arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra, the new federal CIO who until recently ran the office now mired in bribery allegations.
  • D.C.'s top IT security official charged with bribery

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Federal law enforcement officials filed bribery charges today against the District of Columbia's acting chief security officer, along with a one-time D.C. government employee who owns an IT outsourcing company that runs offshore operations in India. Both were later arraigned in federal court.
  • Microsoft-led privacy group backs off legislation

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    A Microsoft-led group set up three years ago has backed away from its original goal of pushing for comprehensive U.S. privacy legislation.
  • FBI raids former office of Obama CIO appointee

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    The FBI has raided the office of the Washington, D.C., CTO and arrested two men there.
  • Countries move forward on cybercrime treaty

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Countries are ratifying the only global cybercrime treaty slower than expected, but many are closer to implementing it.
  • Broadband stimulus meeting short on answers

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 2:43 pm

    The kick-off public meeting to determine how two U.S. government agencies should spend about $7 billion to improve broadband deployment across the nation produced more questions than answers.
  • Groups recommend rules for broadband grants

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    Broadband advocacy groups call for the U.S. government to spend broadband stimulus money on high speeds and on competition.
  • 10 IT agenda items for the first U.S. CIO

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    As the country's CIO, Vivek Kundra faces significant challenges modernizing the nation's IT infrastructure and will be charged to do so at a time when self-interests and a lack of industry oversight threaten not only our freedoms and privacy but also the long-term innovation potential of IT. Here are 10 agenda items many of us in IT would like to see the first-ever U.S. CIO address.
  • Keeping the government's prying eyes at bay

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week took the wraps off a new Web site that is designed to help you keep the government from taking the wraps off your personal communications and stored data.
  • Beckstrom resigns as director of Nat'l Cybersecurity Center

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:39 am

    Rod Beckstrom, director of the National Cybersecurity Center, has resigned his position effective March 13, complaining about the large role of the National Security Agency (NSA) in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Report calls for US policies to encourage faster broadband

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    A new report calls for U.S. government policy to encourage broadband speeds of more than 50Mbps across the country.
  • White House changes course, appoints its first federal CIO

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    President Barack Obama Thursday appointed the District of Columbia's chief technology officer, Vivek Kundra, as the federal government's first CIO. The decision to appoint a CIO is an apparent move by the White House to give it more control over the $80 billion that federal agencies spend annually on technology.
  • The cloud and the public sector - water and oil?

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Public sector CIOs should look to the leading cloud computing providers for insights into architecting the next generation of government IT infrastructure as an agile whole-of-government utility – rather than creating outdated, inflexible shared services and outsourcing arrangements.

    The emerging logic of cloud computing

  • US agencies face broadband stimulus challenges

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 5:59 pm

    Broadband experts say U.S. agencies will have difficulty allocating broadband money in the recent U.S. economic stimulus package.
  • Microsoft says economy offers opportunity for gov't IT

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    This is one of the toughest economic environments that most government IT administrators have experienced, but they should look at the situation as an opportunity, Microsoft told attendees of its CIO Summit on Wednesday.
  • US lawmakers take another shot at patent reform

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 10:31 am

    U.S. lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would mark the first major overhaul of U.S. patent law in more than 50 years.
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