Many Federal agencies oversee vast amounts of big data, from medical records to socioeconomic information. Seventy percent to 80 percent of data analytics work is preparing the data for its specific purpose, according to Adam Wilson, CEO of Trifacta, who spoke at Cloudera’s Government Forum on April 25.






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Amit Lal, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Cornell University, is working with a group of students to create a device that can scan the surfaces of all 10 fingers in five minutes. His team is competing in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint challenge.






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The average hacker spends eight months in a network before getting caught, according to Jason Hess, chief of cloud security at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. In order to keep pace with cyber warriors—and the technology they use—NGA is taking on developers at a faster rate and keeping them for short periods of time rather than long terms of work.






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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency needs to attract new tech talent with new ideas and a desire to work on something bigger and more important than the next popular dating app. One of the ways the agency hopes to do that is by continuing to work with the government’s own in-house innovation shop, 18F.






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Defending against U.S. intelligence leaks such as those committed by Edward Snowden and Julian Assange’s Wikileaks requires a “fundamental change” in the way that intelligence deals with digital attacks and vulnerabilities, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo.






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A group of Delaware National Guard officers crowd around a computer as code flashes down the screen. One of them thinks he found a back door that will enable him to access the administrator credentials to the Naval Academy’s networks. Once they have the credentials, they can access the school’s “token,” a piece of classified information that the academy has been assigned to protect.






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The Federal Aviation Administration restricted the flight of drones over 133 military bases Thursday. This rule is the first time that the FAA has issued airspace restrictions over drones. The ruling is based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.






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