Retired Adm. Mike Rogers, who stepped down earlier this year as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, has joined the board of advisors of Team8, an Israel-based cybersecurity think tank and company-creation platform. […]

Navy seal

The U.S. Navy released its final request for proposals for the Service, Management, Integration and Transport portion of the service’s Next Generation Recompete (NGEN-R) contract on Thursday, building on the current $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Networks (NGEN) contract. […]

As fake news threatens to eat the world, a number of government, academic, and private organizations have launched a range of projects to combat its spread, including artificial intelligence systems that can flag fake news by calling out its content. […]

Ajit Pai, FCC Commisioner

On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced an investigation into how wireless services providers responded to Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle and surrounding areas–along with service provider infrastructure–last week. […]

Military Cyber Soldier modernization DoD Department of Defense

Current and retired Defense Department IT officials today discussed cost and opportunity implications of further cloud adoption by the military and potential payoffs including acceleration of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. […]

global international cyber

Yesterday two academics proposed creating an international organization modeled after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), that would “provide assistance and relief to vulnerable citizens and enterprises affected by serious cyberattacks.” […]

DCOI data center server room infrastructure hyperconverged cloud storage architecture

Data from the Federal government’s IT Dashboard website appear to indicate that Federal CFO Act agencies have made some progress but are still more than 1,000 data centers short of their intended closure goals for 2020 under the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). […]

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Customer Experience CX

For agencies looking to score a touchdown with their customer experience, the General Services Administration (GSA) released its Customer Experience Playbook today, offering “a synthesis of ideas gathered from interviewing several subject matter experts and leaders in CX and Human Centered Design in government.” […]

Apple

Apple announced on Wednesday that the company will allow users in the United States to download the data that Apple has collected about them–a feature previously only available to citizens of the European Union. […]

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