Safety Datapalooza, the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, and More

Here is today's federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The White House Office of Public Engagement, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation hosted the first Safety Datapalooza  to highlight innovators who used  freely-available government data to build products, services, and applications that advance public safety. More here.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency will transition to a cloud-based email and collaboration system for its 18,000 employees by early 2013. More here.
  • The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking to automate hospital infection report submissions to its  to its National Healthcare Safety Network. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security will reorganize emergency communications offices into the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security's National Institute for Cybersecurity Studies website, set to launch in December, will be a education, training, and career opportunities in cybersecurit. More here.
  • In a recent survey over 65% of respondents believe that the private sector does not need more government cybersecurity regulation and 66% don’t believe any current proposed regulations will improve their cybersecurity. More here.
  • A Government Accountability Office report found that, while agencies covered by the e-government Act of 2002 make annual reports as required, those reports are not always useful. More here.
  • Researchers have found evidence suggesting that the United States may have developed three previously unknown computer viruses for use in espionage operations or cyber warfare. More here.
  • Twitter has reluctantly complied with a judge’s order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester. More here.
  • National Nuclear Security Administration Chief Technology Officer Travis Howerton plans to replace most of the agency emails and phone calls with a social network. More here.
  • The first 11 inductees to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame will include Mike Jacobs,  first Information Assurance Director for the National Security Agency, Professor Dorothy Denning, and the inventors of public key cryptography. More here.
  • Department of Defense Chief Management Officer said that the new enterprise resource planning systems implemented for clean audits is often more difficult for users than legacy systems. More here.
  • Despite auditor and lawmaker criticism, the Obama administration defended Department of Homeland Security plans to acquire  a new generation of biological weapons attack early warning sensors. More here.

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