Despite much work done since last year, the Dept. of Homeland Security still has not corrected numerous security holes, many of which were previously identified. For instance, sensitive devices were sometimes accessible with a well-known group or default password.
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An Air Force database was breached allowing hackers access to personally identifying information to 33,000 employees, mostly active duty officers. Identity theft is also a huge concern at universities, both public and private, which may account for as many as half of the identity theft breaches.
Given all of the activity in consolidating and streamlining government datacenters, this post on IBM's Mainframe Blog provides excellent context for thinking about virtualization and datacenters. John Patrick writes: People have talked about the death of the mainframe for years but after seeing the Z9, you can be sure they are not going away for a very long time.
Government computer systems would be a prime target of terrorist organizations in a coordinated cyber/physical attack, computer crime expert Mark Rasch said in an interview with Investor's Business Daily. Rasch, the former head of the Justice Dept.
Computer viruses create more damage than just wasting time and resources. Every so often, we see the real-world impact of viruses, as on Thursday, when a virus shut down Customs Dept.
For a daily quick hit on computer security news, check out the "Two-Minute Warning," from Citadel. It's a streaming audio newscast of developments in viruses, vulnerabilities, and other news.
The federal effort to better manage health information technology took a step forward with the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. FCW.
How can government agecies use technology to improve how they carry out their mission, deliver services, and maintain transparency and accountability? For Canadian officials and IT pros, a conference this week in Ottawa should help answer some of those questions.
The AP reports that Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., has shunned textbooks altogether, instead supplying each student with an Apple iBook laptop computer.
A committee advising the Florida Supreme Court recommended yesterday that official court documents should go online in the interest of open government but there need to be certain safeguards against the release of personal information, CNET News.com reports.