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SOCOM Networks, Satellite Tracking, and More

Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news round-up:

  • The proposed Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) would make it illegal for employers to demand access rto social media accounts. More here.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has requested proposals for automated tracking and identification solutions for satellites More here.
  • The full report on the Federal Communications Commission’s investigation into Google revealed that the company knew it was collecting personal data with their Street View vans. More here.
  • The General Services Administration has created a registry of verified federal social media accounts. More here.
  • The U.S. Special Operations Command has issued a request for information on a wireless network linking Humvees, unmanned aircraft ,and ground troops with minimal fixed infrastructure. More here.
  • Microsoft denies that it withdrew support for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). More here.
  • The Interior Department awarded a $35 million contract to Onix Networking Corp to move 90,000 employees to Google enterprise email. More here.
  • In a warning about social engineering, the FBI noted that ”humans are a weak link in cyber security.” More here.
  • In a letter to the Health and Human Services Department, Rick Pollack, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, said that the $14.6 billion program to adopt electronic medical records was too ambitious, noting that 80% of hospitals have yet to achieve the requirements for the first stage. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is looking to replace airport pat downs with handheld scanners. More here.

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