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The Sad State of NASA’s Information and Cyber Security

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology by Paul K. Martin, Inspector General for NASA revealed the ongoing issues with NASA’s Security efforts. He highlighted five issues of main concern, Lack of full awareness of Agency-wide IT security posture; Shortcomings in implementing a continuous monitoring approach to IT security; Slow pace of encryption for NASA laptop computers and other mobile devices; Ability to combat sophisticated cyber attacks; and Transition to cloud computing.

Free Energy!

Okay, not quite. But certainly free-er in the sense that it could let you make do with other’s energy scraps. What the heck am I talking about? (Don’t worry, sometimes I wonder too.) The point of this particular rambling is a new device that captures ambient electromagnetic energy to power small electronic devices. Some folks […]

Taking Social Networking Into the “Real” World…

At the recent IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)  in Minneapolis, Dong Xuan (associate professor of computer science and engineering at Ohio State University) introduced a smartphone App called eShadow that uses nearby wireless networks and smartphones’ wireless communications to tell users that a friend who also uses the software is nearby,  and […]