Increasing Battlefield Bandwidth, Laws and Norms for Cyber Attacks, and More

AEHF satellite concept

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

  • Harold Koh, the State Department’s chief legal adviser, declared that the United States believes that cyber attacks are subject to humanitarian and war laws. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to put electromagnetic and acoustic sensors in icebergs to monitor the arctic. More here.
  • The CIO council has redesigned to adapt to user devices including personal computesr, laptops, tablets or smartphones, and to use open source technology in both the back and front ends, in line with their digital government strategy. More here.
  • The new Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites will support twice as many tactical networks as the current Milstar II satellites and provide 10-12 times the bandwidth capacity as well as 6 times the data rate transfer speed. More here.
  • Weak cases and internal resistance caused the Department of Homeland Security to move away from predictive analytics for cybersecurity. More here.
  • Researchers have developed invisible QR codes that can be used to fight counterfeiting. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Agency has awarded a contract to develop mobile wireless hot spots capable of transmitting data at gigabit speeds on the battlefield. More here.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology is issuing an explicit cybersecurity risk assessment methodology. More here.
  • The Army will close 430,000 redundant Army Knowledge Online email accounts. More here.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has developed a Web-based application called MappyHealth for tracking and analyzing health-related comments on Twitter. More here.
  • The White House confirms that it sill soon issue an executive order on cybersecurity but is still counting on action from Congress. More here.
  • The Government Accountability Office found that the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology need to do more to encourage mobile device security. More here.
  • A survey of federal managers found that they predict over $16 billion of savings from adopting cloud infrastructure, three times the highest figure predicted by the Office of Management and Budget. More here.

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