For the Navy to gain the most insights from its operational pause day, fleets could use data analytics to make faster, more informed decisions. Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, ordered an operational pause across the U.S. Navy, following the collision of the USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker near Singapore. Each fleet is tasked with taking one day off, as they see fit, to look into “operational tempo, performance, maintenance, equipment, and personnel.”

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Military bases operate like their own towns and cities, and should be considered partners in smart city initiatives, according to Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army, who spoke at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo. “The Army runs 156 towns across America and every day more than 2 million people go to work inside those towns and cities that are Army installations,” said Kidd. “We are facing many of the challenges that you are facing.”

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The Government Accountability Office found that the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration needs to clarify its policies for ensuring the privacy of drivers of connected vehicles. Thirteen of the 16 selected automakers in GAO’s study sell connected vehicles, and those 13 reported collecting, using, and sharing data on the cars’ locations and operations.

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Successful smart city initiatives rely on cities collaborating with each other, the Federal government, the private sector, and citizens, according to city mayors and Federal experts who spoke at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo on Aug. 28.

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A Senate bill introduced on Aug. 1 not only would establish security requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) devices purchased by the government, but also let researchers look for critical security flaws through vulnerability disclosure policies.

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Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced legislation June 29 to combat cyber crime by mandating that the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Trade Commission, and the department of Homeland Security (DHS) establish baseline best practices for the private sector.

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Cyber AdAPT, a company that markets a platform that analyzes network traffic in real time for signs of malicious activity, was named the Gartner Cool Vendor for 2017 at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit on June 12.

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Government agencies are entering the race for the Internet of Things, while keeping security and privacy in mind. “When you think about the Internet of Things, we’re going to be in a race,” said Greg Capella, deputy director of the National Technical Information Service for the Department of Commerce, at MeriTalk’s Cloud Computing Brainstorm on […]

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As the prospect of a cybersecurity executive order looms, industry groups clamor to get an audience with President Donald Trump and his advisers to influence the administration’s technology policy. (ISC)², a nonprofit that specializes in information security education and certifications, presented its ideas to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and others on Trump’s team.

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The division between Internet of Things developers and IT and cybersecurity experts is one of the core problems in securing IoT devices, according to government and industry experts.

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The Internet of Things stands to be the next “digital wave” of technological advancement that needs to be addressed by government, according to members of the Government Business Executive Forum on why Internet of Things was chosen as the topic for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show Government Conference.

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In light of the recent distributed denial of service attack that prevented access to multiple U.S. websites as well as the increasing cybersecurity threat posed by Internet of Things devices, the Federal government “needs a new agency” to deal with cybersecurity, according to Bruce Schneier of Harvard University.

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Farmers should save their cows’ numbers in their phones because cows can now send farmers a text message when they’re feeling under the weather. Austrian startup SmaXtec built a half-pound, hot dog-size, Wi-Fi-enabled sensor that can be embedded into a cow’s stomach to detect the pH of the cow’s stomach and other factors in order to send farmers a message before the cow gets visibly sick.

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America’s Internet infrastructure could be seeing other denial-of-service attacks similar to the one targeted at Dyn last week, according to Josh Finke at Iron Bow. The large scale of the attack, the availability of the source code for the malware online, and the number of susceptible Internet of Things devices, make this type of attack attractive to hackers.

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The Department of Homeland Security identified Mirai as one type of malware used in a recent cyberattack that brought down major websites, according to a statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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President Obama announced that he will ask self-driving car manufacturers to sign a 15-point checklist to ensure the safety of the vehicles. The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy will include provisions to increase safety, mobility, productivity, and sustainability of automated vehicles.

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Delta Air Lines is investing $50 million to end lost or delayed luggage with a global RFID, or radio-frequency identification, tracking system. Essentially, the RFID tag will attach to the bag the same as current luggage tags, but instead of telling airlines where to send the bag if lost, it’ll work to prevent the bag from ever being misplaced. Delta plans to have the system online in 344 airports this fall. […]

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