Sandia National Labs’ Massive Android Testing Array, False Cyber Attacks, and More


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

  • Sandia National Laboratories is building an experimental set-up of 300,000 Android devices so that researchers can study how hackers disrupt mobile networks. More here.
  • Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Information Officer Henry Sienkiewicz will become the new vice chief information assurance executive while David Bennett will be the new DISA CIO. More here.
  • The national public safety broadband network will rely on commecrial infrastructure. More here.
  • General Kieth Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, cited cooperation and transparency in government and industry as the keys to cybersecurity. More here.
  • For National Cybersecurity Month, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave eight simple cybersecurity tips. More here.
  • Despite publicly debunking last year’s Illinois water pump cyberattack, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis had reported the attack privately to Congress and the intelligence community and never issued a correction. More here.
  • Grant Schneider, deputy director for information management and chief information officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, said that the Department of Defense needs to update their mobile device policies to improve younger employee productivity and retention. More here.
  • Reported cyberattack on the City of Tulsa turns out to only be part of penetration testing. More here.
  • The Army has obtained Department of Defense approval for limited production and fielding of a long-range broadband tactical communications system. More here.
  • En Route Automation Modernization air traffic control modernization software project continues to experience critical system failures, forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to take steps towards extending its temporary backup system. More here.

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