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All the NSA Cares About is How Well You Know Tech

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I ran across a clever advertisement from the National Security Agency (NSA): If you were a prominent, active competitor at the recent DEF CON, they want to talk to you about a job. In addition to the usual laundry list of skills — like design/analysis of LANs/WANs, JAVA, C++, rapid prototyping and algorithm development — they’ve specifically called out that their ideal candidates have “a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.” That phrase “equivalent experience” opens the door to people who… continue…

Power Pwn Monitors Network Security… and Secretly

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The device in the picture might look like a surge protector, but it isn’t. It’s a $1,295 security device called the Power Pwn, which was put together by Vermont-based Pwnie Express, with a little financial assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Power Pwn contains hidden Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters, along with a range of hacking and remote access tools. It’s designed to allow network administrators to remotely test network security, without arousing any suspicions. Pwnie Express has… continue…

The Pentagon’s Four-Step Cloud Strategy [DiceTV]

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The Defense Department unveiled a four-step strategy intended to create a department-wide computing environment, in part using commercial services and the cloud.

Pentagon Reveals A Comprehensive Approach to the Cloud

The Defense Department’s new top-to-bottom cloud strategy is intended to lead to a DoD-wide environment and leverage a range of commercial services, as well. Said department CIO Teresa M. Takai: The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy introduces an approach to move the department from the current state of a duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos to an end state which is an agile, secure, and cost effective service environment that can rapidly respond to changing mission needs Behind all… continue…

Homeland Security Is Looking for These Words in Social Media

If you update your Facebook status with the news that you got food poisoning from the pork you ate on your trip to El Paso, you may catch the attention of the Department of Homeland Security. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the DHS released its 2011 Analyst’s Desktop Binder, which includes a list of hundreds of words monitored by the department’s National Operations Center to identify “media reports that reflect adversely… continue…

Bills Make Northern Va. ‘More Attractive’ to Tech Companies

With six strokes of a pen, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Tuesday its sponsors say will make Virginia more competitive in creating and retaining high-tech jobs. Before a crowded room inside the newly opened Falls Church headquarters for Acentia, McDonnell (R) signed the Data Center Sales Tax Exemption (House Bill 216 and Senate Bill 112) and the Extending Virginia Telework Tax Credit bill (HB 551 and SB 238). Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) served as chief patron of the bills.… continue…

Military Tech

We don’t tend to cover military tech very often, but coming back from Memorial Day weekend, I thought I’d teach you all a new acronym. UGS, or Unattended Ground Sensors, is a technology that has evolved over time to become quite useful in monitoring battlefields, unguarded perimeters, and even borders safely, minus the collateral damage of land mines. In the Vietnam era, sensors were used with mixed results. Many lasted only a few hours or gave off false alarms, or… continue…

Feds Seek a Few ‘Badass Innovators’

You don’t often hear the term “badass innovator” associated with government work, but that’s what federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park says he’s looking for: … the baddest of the badasses out there to come to the government for focused six-to-12 month tours of duty to partner with our best innovators on game-changing projects . . . The idea is to work in a lean startup mode [and to] score a lot of significant points within six months. Park was… continue…

Health IT Finds VC; Internet Ad Revenues Soar [Update]

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Health IT Firms Find More Venture Capital: Venture capital investment may have declined overall during the first quarter of 2012, but health IT companies hit pay dirt. The number of deals remained flat at 18, yet the companies raised $102 million, an increase of 75 percent over the same period last year. A Forbes report points to four top deals, all of which should inevitably lead to hiring: Kinnser Software, PerfectServe, Truveris, and TigerText. Dice Internet Ad Revenues Are Soaring:… continue…

Big Brother in Your Back Seat

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The Senate’s recently passed transportation bill will require every new car to carry a data-recording “black box” similar the ones used in aircraft. The bill’s expected to pass the House of Representatives and go on to the White House for President Obama’s signature. After 2015, individuals who don’t go along could be subject to civil penalties, infowars says. Safety device or spy box? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The black box’s primary function is to record… continue…