Category: technology

IO: meet the new boss, same as . . .

From Inside the Pentagon (subscription): As the Air Force prepares to open a new Cyber Command in May, a top service general overseeing the effort is calling on policymakers to consider how far the United States should go to safeguard…

Another Fine DHS Mess

Fans of Heartbreak Ridge will recall the pop-culture story of communications interoperability problems the military faced (in the middle of a battle you don’t want to be calling collect for fire support). After-action reports from 9/11 reminded us of the…

Smart Move

The Bush administration may withhold technology dollars from federal agencies that are lagging on cybersecurity, a top IT official said Wednesday. The philosophy goes something like this: The government shouldn’t be spending money on agencies that want to build new…

Dumb Luck

I’m on a cyber-roll today: Computer hackers tapped into a Web site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, planting a virus that has possibly infected computers used by people who visited the site, agency officials said.…

What Year is This?

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here . . . The Homeland Security Department finally named an assistant secretary for cybersecurity last year, and the Senate ratified the first international treaty on cybercrime. The Computer Security Industry Alliance had…

Watching Sentinal

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s draft of the fiscal 2007 spending bill, HR 5672, that covers the Justice Department and the FBI, includes both legal requirements limiting the bureau’s freedom in managing its biggest software project, and tart report language criticizing…

Danger in Stretching the Metaphor

In the midst of pre-election excitement this gem went largely unnoticed outside of the parallel geek world I also inhabit: During a media conference here Nov. 2, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne said the 8th Air Force…

Iceberg Dead Ahead!

The FBI has failed to properly analyze staffing needs for its $425 million information technology modernization, putting the program at risk of delays and cost overruns, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. That would be Sentinel,…

FID: Fear, Incompetence & Doubt

Dr. Stephen Haag spends upwards of 80 hours each week on his computer, mapping out terrorist attacks. Haag, an expert in emerging technologies, believes the next attack on the U.S. will come not in the form of bombings or military…