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Sensors and AI Will Reinforce New Border Wall

The 50-foot border wall President Trump promised in the campaign will actually be a 2,000-mile technology project, combining walls and other barriers with radar, day and night cameras on poles and buildings, and artificial intelligence technology to help border agents stop terrorists, smugglers and migrants from illegally crossing into the United States.

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Open Source is Safe, But Not Risk Free

Open Source software depends on crowd-sourcing security. And though it’s up to system owners to seek out and employ each fix as rapidly as possible studies show some vulnerabilities can remain unpatched for years.

Open Source Software Carries Hidden Costs

Embracing open source software may save money and time, but at a cost: Users may have to change processes. IT departments have to take over maintenance chores that might otherwise be the province of a vendor. But with vibrant user communities, many open source solutions are every bit as good – and sometimes better – than commercial alternatives.

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Census Announces Test Plans for 2017, 2018

The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.

Laying the Foundation for a More Secure, Modern Government

America’s spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship created the world’s most innovative economy and keeps us dominant in today’s digital age. Indeed, in 1985 about 2,000 people used the Internet; today, 3.2 billion people do. What started out as a useful tool for a few is now a necessity for all of us—as essential for connecting people, goods, and services as the airplane or automobile.

Former Spy Chief Says U.S. Lacks Cyber Framework

As the Trump administration’s transition team continues to announce its selections for key national security positions, one former intelligence chief said the U.S. still lacks a coherent cybersecurity framework and the Trump team lacks a clear expert on the subject.

Cloud.gov Clears FedRAMP

The General Services Administration-run cloud.gov hosting platform has completed the final stage of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program assessment.

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