The Boston Marathon bombing has re-opened the question of how well federal agencies share threat information with one another and with state and local law enforcement. Charlie Allen, principal of the Chertoff Group, was the Homeland Security under secretary for intelligence and analysis. Before that, he was assistant director of the CIA. He talks about what changes might still be needed.
Lt. Col. Tony Kirtley commander, Computer Network Defense Team Missouri National Guard
Legislation moving through Congress would set up cybersecurity teams in every state’s National Guard. Lawmakers worry that the Defense Department cannot recruit enough cyber warriors. Cyber Guards could help by leveraging the experience of private-sector IT folks. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggests his state’s Cyber Guard could be the prototype for the nation. So we’ve called its commander, Lt. Col. Tony Kirtley to find out how the team operates.
Kari Bruwelheide anthropologist Smithsonian Institution
The discovery is both fascinating and horrifying. Human skeletal remains found in the original Jamestown colony show evidence of cannibalism. The Smithsonian Institution was instrumental in making that conclusion. Smithsonian anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide offers more details.
From Our Reporters
The Pentagon is rolling out as many as 100,000 new secure mobile devices by the end of next year. It also plans to invest in a departmentwide app store. But as Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbureports, DoD estimates that spending will pay for itself in short order.
Agencies soon will have a minimum set of cyber standards for securing their iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys. The Chief Information Officer’s Council and the Homeland Security Department are receiving comments on the draft version. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller offers a sneak peek at what the mobile security standard will cover.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.