The Cost of Government Secrecy, Brainwave Controlled Video Games to Fight PTSD, and More

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Bob Gourley

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • Excluding intelligence agencies, which keep their costs secret, the U.S. Government spent $11 billion last year keeping classified information secret, twice the cost of classification a decade ago. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has built “a prototype for automatically generating and distributing believable misinformation … and then tracking access and attempted misuse of it.” More here.
  • The Defense Information System Agency experienced uninterrupted service during Friday’s storms thanks to their backup systems, in contrast to Amazon which lost its Virginia data center due to power outages. More here.
  • The Naval Medical Center is looking into brainwave controlled videogames for treating PTSD. More here.
  • NASA and the U.S. Forest Service are working together on fire prevention and fire safety. More here.
  • The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team found that 12 of 17 cybersecurity incidents could have been reduced or prevented by following recommended practices. More here.
  • The number of criminal wiretaps authorized by federal and state judges in 2011 decreased 14 percent from 2010 to 2,732. More here.
  • U.S. government demand for Twitter data, the highest in the world with 679 requests in the first half of this year, is on the rise. More here.

This post by was first published at CTOvision.com.


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