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By AlexOlesker Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed a malicious mobile application that makes infected phones take random photos which are stitched together to reconstruct surroundings in 3D. More here. The U.S. Energy Information Administration launched its application programming interface which allows developers to design web and mobile apps using national energy data. More here. The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group called social networks a “risk factor for radicalization” in a report on warning signs of internal radicalization. More here. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and portions of the National Archives and Records Administration are now accepting Freedom of Information Act... (more)

Target Fast-Tracks Chip-Enabled Smart Card Program

Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said. In an opinion piece on Monday in the Hill newspaper on the eve of his much-awaited appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said the retailer’s goal was to have the technology in place by early 2015, more than six months ahead of schedule. The adoption of such chip-enabled cards would be “one step American businesses could now take that would dramatically improve the security of all credit and debit cards,” Mulligan wrote. He said the United States had been slow to develop the technology, which was already in wide use in other parts of the world. Read the full story at Reuters. ... (more)

Wood Partners and the Ustler Group Start Construction on $38-Million Apartment Community at Health Village in Downtown Orlando

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- A joint venture development entity comprised of Wood Partners and the Ustler Group has acquired 3.4 acres in Florida Hospital Health Village located in downtown Orlando and has started construction on a 248-unit, five-story urban apartment community. Florida Hospital sold the land to Wood/Ustler in November 2012. The site is part of the hospital's 172-acre "Health Village," which is a mixed-use, transit-oriented, master planned urban development centered on health and wellness that features a variety of uses including medical, research, medical office, commercial, hotel and multi-family. This highly anticipated apartment community is known as The Ivy - Residences at Health Village and is located at 2650 Dade Avenue, a block west of Orange Avenue. The Ivy consists of two mid-rise buildings and an integrated parking garage. ... (more)

NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee Kicks Off Year Two

MCLEAN, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/21/14 -- Building on a successful 2013 inaugural campaign, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced year two for the NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee (DCCIC) including details about the Committee's first meeting in 2014. The Committee's mission is to provide a clear, collective and compelling voice for the region's data center and cloud and critical infrastructure community in an effort to contribute to the long term growth and prosperity of the industry. It examines a variety of issues and measures the impact of the data center ecosystem on regional business and job growth. This includes monthly Committee meetings with guest speakers as well as an annual gala event open to the public. DCCIC membership encompasses the entire ecosystem of data centers and cloud hosting service providers, da... (more)

Tranzbyte Closes Critical Loop in Medical Dispensing, Inks Deal With Cyber Kiosk Solutions, Inc. to Provide Proprietary Age/ID/Fraud Validation for Its ZaZZZ(TM) Machine

TEMPE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 02/06/14 -- Tranzbyte Corporation (OTC Pink: ERBB) -- Tranzbyte has selected Cyber Kiosk Solutions, Inc. to provide the final component of the Age/ID/Fraud verification on the ZaZZZ™ machine and its integration currently in progress. CYBK's software ( was custom designed for use in the marijuana industry and is expected to be one of the first approved pieces of software to be used by and within the state of Colorado. An earlier version of the software is operating in over 6,000 drug and liquor stores around the country where it is currently used for Age/ID/Fraud verification in the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, and pharmacy drugs. CYBK Chief Executive Officer, Chris Clarke, comments "We are very excited to enter into the marijuana industry with a partner like Tranzbyte. We look forward to assisting them with ex... (more)

MetricStream to Unveil Next Generation Threat and Vulnerability Management Solution at the RSA Conference 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MetricStream, a market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions, will participate at the RSA Conference from February 24-28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The conference will convene globally acclaimed industry leaders and business executives from the information security and risk space to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities facing organizations today. At the conference, MetricStream will showcase its best-in-class IT GRC solution, and will unveil its enhanced Threat & Vulnerability Management Solution (TVM). Surviving and thriving in today's business environment requires seamless integration between information technology solutions and business processes. In the face of emerging threats and vulnerabilities, organizations must continuously monitor, ident... (more)

ProfNet Experts Available on Health Care Fraud, H-1B Visa Filing, More

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing. To receive these updates by email, send a note to [email protected] with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.  If you are in need of additional experts, you can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network. You can filter your request by institution type and geographic location to get the most targeted responses. The best part? It's free! Just fill out the query form to get started. If you have any questions or need assistance with any aspect of ProfNet, please drop us a note at [email protected] EXPERT ALERTS H-1B Vi... (more)

Evolution Scientific, Inc. is First Comprehensive Technical Service Provider to Join SAFE-BioPharma

Evolution Scientific, Inc. (, an ISO 9001:2008 comprehensive technical service provider to the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and other regulated industries, has joined SAFE-BioPharma Association (, the non-profit industry coalition responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the SAFE-BioPharma® digital identity and signature standard. As a member of the association, ESi is able to utilize the SAFE-BioPharma standard throughout its operations. It is the first comprehensive technical service provider to become a SAFE-BioPharma member. Adhering to strict standards for quality management systems (ISO 9001:2008), ESi provides highly skilled personnel to measure and monitor the multitude of devices used in manufacturing, research and other areas of the life sciences. The company i... (more)

McAfee Labs Q4 Report Reveals Techniques Used in High-Profile Data Breaches

McAfee Labs today released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013, highlighting the role of the “dark web” malware industry as a key enabler of the high-profile point-of-sale (POS) attacks and data breaches in the fall of 2013. The report brings to light the growing ease of purchasing POS malware online, and selling stolen credit card numbers and other personal consumer data online. McAfee Labs also saw the number of digitally signed malware samples triple over the course of 2013, driven largely by the abuse of automated Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) that wrap malicious binaries within digitally signed, otherwise legitimate installers. McAfee Labs believes this accelerating trend could pose a significant threat to the long-established certificate authority (CA) model for authenticating “safe” software. Detailed research of the high-profile Q4 cr... (more)

Solarflare Hits Milestone With 1,000th Customer Win

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking software and hardware, announced today that it has surpassed the 1,000 customer mark -- just four years since the launch of its network adapter business. The company adds new customers at the rate of one every business day and continues to dominate the Ethernet market for low-latency, high-performance server network systems. Solarflare accelerates, monitors, and secures network traffic and applications in both virtualized and bare metal data center environments for enterprises, service providers, and cloud customers. In the last 18 months, the company has expanded its capabilities to include precision time, network monitoring/packet capture and security products. These innovations are driven by scale-out applications that require extre... (more)

Cybersecurity and Corporate Governance Challenges are Featured Topics at ISACA’s EuroCACS/ISRM Conference in Barcelona

Cybersecurity challenges ranging from the global skills shortage to increasingly sophisticated threats are plaguing enterprises today and will be featured topics at ISACA’s European Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS)/Information Security and Risk Management (ISRM) Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Held 28 September-1 October 2014, the conference will bring global experts together to examine advances in assurance, risk and cybersecurity, and provide guidance to help attendees face these challenges. Keynote Speaker Simon Singh, Ph.D., scientist, encryption expert and best-selling author, will give his most advanced insights on encryption for cybersecurity and data privacy, and will demonstrate an original World War II-era Enigma encryption machine in his opening address, “Cracking the Cipher Challenge.” “I am looking forward to ISACA’s EuroCACS/ISRM 2014, where... (more)