This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @RIVA_Solutions. And search our new hashtag, #FedBuzz, for daily updates and join the conversation! Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1. Time’s best Twitter list: The Onion, Yoko Ono and … US Census?
It is not surprising that the Twitter accounts of Michelle and Barack Obama made Time Magazine’s list of 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012, what is surprising is that at least several other accounts associated with federal officials and agencies made the list.
2. Navy’s ‘Hunger Games’ lab will put robots to survival tests
The Navy Research Lab has opened a multiclimate test lab that is being compared to a “Hunger Games” environment for robots and autonomous vehicles.
3. High cyber staff turnover rate is good for government, DARPA chief says
Contractors and agencies are seemingly desperate for reformed hackers, academics and other computer security whizzes to defend government networks from constantly morphing threats. According to this article, this means that the government should replace their cyber security staff every few years to keep the skills fresh.
4. DoD cyber defenses are ‘treading water,’ says DARPA official
On March 20th, The Acting Director of DARPA Kaigham Gabriel, said before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities, that the DoD is not prepared to handle future threats. Defensively, DoD’s strategy has been to layer security onto a uniform architecture, which protects against known threats but does not adapt to growing and evolving threats. And offensively, the DoD is trying to simply scale intelligence-based cyber capabilities, which falls short of adequately serving DoD’s needs.
5. EPA puts mobile first under new policy
The Environmental Protection Agency has adopted an interim “Mobile First” policy, effective immediately, according to EPA Chief Information Officer Malcolm Jackson. Under the policy, the EPA, when developing new applications, will make mobile websites and Web-enabled mobile applications a priority in communicating with the public and EPA employees, in comparison to other types of applications, Jackson said.
Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/03/13/nasa-angry-birds.aspx
6. Hacker teams throw down in international CyberLympics
Seven teams from around the world are pitting their cyberattack and defense skills against each other this week in the first international CyberLympics hacker games.
7. Bon Jovi helps feds kick off mobile apps contest to aid homeless
The Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services departments on Monday joined forces with rocker Jon Bon Jovi to kick off a contest to develop mobile software applications that will help the homeless find shelters, clinics, food kitchens and other resources.
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