Tag: IT

Federal, Networking, Policy, Tech

Small ISPs “stunned” by FCC move to ban Huawei/ZTE gear during pandemic

July 1, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Small Internet service providers are “stunned” that the Federal Communications Commission is enforcing a ban on Huawei and ZTE network gear during the ongoing pandemic. The FCC already voted unanimously in November 2019 to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment in […]

Networking Security, Security

Foreign adversaries likely to exploit critical networking bug, US says

June 30, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Foreign hackers backed by a well-resourced government are likely to exploit a critical vulnerability in a host and VPN and firewall products sold by Palo Alto Networks, officials in the US federal government warned on Tuesday. In worst-case scenarios, the […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Networking, Tech

AT&T brings low-band 5G service to 28 additional US markets

June 30, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Worth highlighting is the fact that we are talking about AT&T’s low-band 5G wireless service which differs greatly from the ultra-fast high-band network that utilizes millimeter wave tech, or what most people typically think of when hearing the term “5G.” […]

Big Data, Tech

Why data and processing should live in the cloud, not on devices

June 26, 2020

Via: InfoWorld

I’m a big fan of IEEE’s coverage of the emerging cloud computing space. The technical depth of the articles won’t tempt the average IT reader to subscribe, but I like their focus on new innovations, followed by the detailed solutions […]

Federal, Policy

New bill would bar federal agencies from using facial-recognition technology

June 25, 2020

Via: Fortune

Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban federal agencies from using facial recognition technology for surveillance. The proposed bill—introduced by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)—comes […]

Mobile Security, Operations Security, Security

It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules

June 24, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to […]

Federal, Policy

GOP senator says federal government must provide schools extra funding to reopen this fall

June 23, 2020


Sen. Lamar Alexander told CNBC on Tuesday the federal government should provide additional funding to schools and colleges to help them reopen for in-person class this fall. “The surest step back to normalcy in our country is when 70-75 million […]

Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Why the future of financial markets is in the cloud

June 22, 2020

Via: Fortune

Think of critical infrastructure, and sectors such as telecommunications, agriculture, and construction likely come to mind, as physical assets such as networks, farms, roads, and bridges keep economies humming. But the financial services industry is also among this cohort, according […]

Federal, Policy

Retention woes challenge government contractors

June 19, 2020

Via: FCW

According to a recent study from Deltek, government contractors are struggling to attract and retain qualified candidates. Deltek’s 11th Government Contracting Industry Study, carried out between January and March 2020, said that turnover was common, and that the need for […]

Attacks & Breaches, Networking Security, Security

Two Ways to Stop Secrecy from Undermining US National Security

June 17, 2020

Via: Government Executive

The U.S. system of classification protects the sources of intelligence and the methods by which it is collected, but it also prevents American allies and partners from seeing all but a trickle of the data and analysis produced by the […]