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Survey: 'Shadow BYOD' prevalent in federal gov't as employees sacrifice security for convenience

The federal government is dealing with the growing problem of "shadow BYOD" in which employees are using unsanctioned personal devices to connect to the network and access data.

NIST's cybersecurity center seeking help to address mobile security, network authentication

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is seeking vendor products and technical expertise on three projects that focus on mobile device security, personal identity verification credentials for such devices and access control.

Robot or legit? FTC awards $25K to winning mobile app that fights robocalls

The competition, announced in early March by the agency, offered cash prizes for technical solutions to help fight robocalls using a honeypot, which is an information system that can be used by government, private and academic partners to lure and analyze robocalls.

Divided federal appeals court rules government needs warrant to get cellphone location data

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first federal appeals court to hold that the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement applies to location data. Previously, both the 11th and 5th circuit courts ruled in favor of the government.

CBP testing wireless tech at US airports to verify identities of foreign travelers in real time

Officers will use a wireless handheld device to collect biometric and biographic data on foreign travelers exiting the United States in real time. U.S. citizens and certain other international travelers will be exempt from the pilot.

Federal IT pros challenged by the explosion of mobile devices, growth of shadow IT

Federal information technology professionals lack control and confidence in their ability to mangae the risks associate with the growth of mobile devices and shadow IT, finds a recent survey.

NIST issues draft solution for two-factor authentication on mobile devices

The National Institute of Standards of Technology has developed a draft solution to help agencies with the difficult task of providing multifactor authentication when accessing government information systems via mobile devices.

NIST launches mobile app competition that seeks innovative access, use of scientific data

Participants must use at least one of the agency's eligible datasets, which pertain to physics and chemistry and often used by high school, college and graduate students. One example is the computational chemistry comparison and benchmark database.

DHS awards $2.9M, 30-month contract to small company to help ID mobile app vulnerabilities

DHS's Science and Technology Directorate leader, Reginald Brothers, said ensuring that mobile applications are secure across the federal government is a priority and the project will help do that. Capabilities will be extended to first responders, as well.

Leaked emails show plans for cyber surveillance via drones

Boeing's drone-manufacturing subsidiary Insitu is working on a way to deliver spyware through drones, according to a news report based on leaked internal email messages.