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EY, LANL make new cybersecurity tools available to private sector

News release: “Ernst & Young LLP and Los Alamos National Laboratory have formed a strategic alliance to deliver some of the most advanced behavioral cybersecurity tools available to the commercial market. “Cybersecurity attacks are ever more frequent and more sophisticated, and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business,” said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Every organization must improve its ability to detect and stop attacks as they occur, and before secure data is compromised. This unique relationship with EY will improve our ability to develop and test adaptive cybersecurity technologies across both industry and government networks.  Defensive cybersecurity is an area that requires strong public-private partnerships to shift the balance.” The alliance comes at a watershed moment when increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks are inflicting significant economic, social and even political damage to US organizations. The tools developed by Los Alamos and delivered to the private sector exclusively by Ernst & Young LLP can help counter these threats by detecting them before they do deep and lasting damage. “We are very excited to be working with Los Alamos as part of our overall mission to transition their heritage of national cybersecurity and innovation to the private sector, and arming our clients with the most advanced tools and resources to combat cyber-threats, said Bob Patton, EY Americas Advisory Vice Chair. This collaborative approach is reflective of our global strategy to help organizations manage cybersecurity better and doing our part to build a better working world.”

Demand Progress coalition calls for systematic public access to non-confidential CRS reports

Via Demand Progress – a national grassroots group – August 24, 2015: “Dear Chairman Blunt, Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Schumer, Ranking Member Brady,and Vice Chairman Harper: We write in support of expanded public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. Longstanding congressional policy allows Members and committees to use their websites to disseminate CRS productsContinue Reading

FCW obtained official timeline of OPM data breach

FCW.com: “An official timeline of the Office of Personnel Management breach obtained by FCW pinpoints the hackers’ calibrated extraction of data and the government’s step-by-step response. It illuminates a sequence of events that lawmakers have struggled to pin down in public hearings with Obama administration officials. The timeline makes clear that the heist of dataContinue Reading

GPO and National Archives Make eCFR available for bulk download in XML

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make the electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) available in XML format for bulk data download from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). OFR provides eCFR files to GPO and then GPO converts files into XML. The eCFRContinue Reading

Eurostat – Your key to European statistics

“Eurostat’s mission: to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe. Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. This is a key task. Democratic societies do not functionContinue Reading

Administrative Investigation, Improper Use of Web-based Collaboration Technology, VA Office of Info Tech

Office of Inspector General Office of Veterans Affairs – Report Number: 13-03054-463 – Redacted – 8/17/2015. “VA employees improperly used Yammer.com, a Web-based collaboration technology, which was not approved or monitored as required by VA policy. Further, the website had vulnerable security features, recurring website malfunctions, and users engaged in a misuse of time andContinue Reading

Interior Department Launches New Drupal Powered Website

The US Department of the Interior launched a new Drupal based website for all its components (using HTTPS), and it showcases the visual impact of the agency’s mission using an array of photos, videos and graphics. It is big move forward to provide users with an accessible, user friendly and visually appearing and easy toContinue Reading

FCC to provide open source platform for communications with people with disabilities

Commission to Offer Open Source Video Access Platform to Increase Adoption of Direct Communications Access: “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on [August 20, 2015] that the  agency will offer an open source video access platform that will enable Americans who are deaf,  hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate directlyContinue Reading

New CDC tool illustrates changes in antibiotic resistance

“Welcome to NARMS Now: Human Data, an interactive tool from CDC that contains antibiotic resistance data from bacteria isolated from humans as part of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). NARMS Now: Human Data makes it easier and quicker to find out how antibiotic resistance has changed over the past 20 years for fourContinue Reading

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded for the globe

The “warmest ever notices” are arriving with regular frequency – new heat records are recorded so quickly it is difficult to distinguish the impact – but the overall trend is clear – the weather is getting warmer – in the US and around the world (2015 may be the hottest year in recorded history). ToContinue Reading

NYC Expands Access to Public Contracts and Hearings

News release: “Mayor Bill de Blasio announced [August 10, 2015] a powerful new tool to increase government transparency with the launch of an expanded City Record Online (CROL). CROL is now a fully searchable database for all the notices contained in the City Record newspaper – including schedules for public hearings, land-sales and contract awardsContinue Reading

NYDatabases.com

“As journalists, we work with mountains of data to help us spot trends, identify problems in our community and to hold public officials accountable. We present that data here at NYDatabases.com (formerly RocDocs), so that you can explore the issues yourself. Learn more about where you live, make informed decisions as a citizen, parent, orContinue Reading