OPM employees were blocked from their personal email and social media accounts last week, an effort the department appears to have enacted in order to clean up its cybersecurity protocol. In addition, Homeland Security looks ahead to Phase II of CDM.
All this news and more in this week’s federal news round up from FTI.
A ‘Hoverbike’ in the Works for Military Forces
The Army Research Laboratory recently finished a feasibility study regarding the use of a hoverbike, meaning military forces could use this new technology on the battlefield in years to come, according to Defense Systems.
This new technology could prove less expensive than helicopters, Mark Butkiewicz of Survice explained to Reuters.
OPM Employees Unable to Log Into Social Media and Email
Office of Personnel Management employees, while in the workplace, were recently unable to log into personal email accounts or peruse thorough social media accounts, according to Federal Times.
In an attempt to sophisticate cybersecurity, OPM is focusing its IT attention toward Gmail and Facebook.
Homeland Security Prepares CDM Phase II
The Department of Homeland Security is preparing for Phase II of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, according to Federal Times.
The next phase focuses on monitoring user privileges.
NSA Utilizes OpenFlow SDN for Internal Operations
The National Security Agency is using OpenFlow, one of the leading SDN protocols, according to GCN.
The software allows centralized control and easy reprogramming of the packet-moving decisions on a network.