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Released: 8-Dec-2020 1:50 PM EST
DHS S&T Launches Hacking for Homeland Security Program to Drive Innovation Across the Department
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T is working to speed development of solutions for our most pressing homeland security challenges with the launch of an entrepreneurship program called Hacking for Homeland Security (H4HS).

Released: 8-Dec-2020 10:35 AM EST
Building the Resilience of Citizens, Communities, and Countries
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Ahead of the holiday season, Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience released a new report to provide vulnerable communities and houses of worship policies and practices to enhance the security and safety of their communities.

Newswise: NUS computer scientists show robot vacuum cleaners can be used by hackers to spy on private conversations
Released: 7-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
NUS computer scientists show robot vacuum cleaners can be used by hackers to spy on private conversations
National University of Singapore

By analysing minute vibrations on common items caused by sound waves, a potential attacker can use a robot vacuum cleaner to retrieve audio data and capture private and sensitive information

Released: 4-Dec-2020 8:20 AM EST
New Cyber Defense Feed Protects Government Systems in Live Trial Across Four States
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

A new automated data feed that helps defend state and local government computer systems from cyberattacks and rapidly blocks threats across state lines reduced cyber defense time from some three days to less than three minutes in a successful pilot program across four states.

Released: 23-Nov-2020 12:10 PM EST
Utah State University’s Seth Manesse wins first individual CyberForce Competition™
Argonne National Laboratory

After a tough, day-long contest, Seth Manesse from Utah State University won the sixth CyberForce Competition.

Newswise: U.S. Department of Energy to host virtual CyberForce Competition™ November 14
26-Oct-2020 3:55 PM EDT
U.S. Department of Energy to host virtual CyberForce Competition™ November 14
Argonne National Laboratory

The 2020 CyberForce Competition will be hosting over 400 students attending U.S. accredited institutions. Students will compete to harden and defend simulated wind energy infrastructure from cyber-attacks, while maintaining service for their customers (played by volunteers). Competitors will be selected by random lottery.

Released: 10-Nov-2020 11:10 AM EST
UA Little Rock joins coalition to launch health care cybersecurity curriculum and pilot focused on veterans and first responders
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is part of a coalition of universities and industry partners that are developing a curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent focused on health care with $6.3 million in funding from the National Security Agency. UA Little Rock will work with the University of Louisville, the University of North Florida, Bluegrass Technical and Owensboro Technical, the Forge Institute, and a coalition of industry partners to develop a training curriculum focused on health care cybersecurity.

Newswise: U.S. Department of Energy to hold sixth CyberForce Competition™
Released: 9-Nov-2020 12:20 PM EST
U.S. Department of Energy to hold sixth CyberForce Competition™
Argonne National Laboratory

In a first-time virtual contest, Argonne researchers will challenge hundreds of college students to defend simulated energy-sector infrastructure against cyberattacks.

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6-Nov-2020 4:35 PM EST
New Tool Detects Unsafe Security Practices in Android Apps
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have shown for the first time that it is possible to analyze how thousands of Android apps use cryptography without needing to have the apps’ actual codes. The team’s new tool, CRYLOGGER, can tell when an Android app uses cryptography incorrectly—it detects the so-called “cryptographic misuses” in Android apps. When given a list of rules that should be followed for secure cryptography, CRYLOGGER detects violations of these rules.

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Released: 2-Nov-2020 4:05 PM EST
New Cyber Technologies Protect Utility Energy Delivery Systems
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL is taking new approaches to solve cybersecurity vulnerabilities for utilities and other industries that use process control technologies. Working with utility advisors and companies that specialize in identifying vulnerabilities, PNNL researchers have developed two web-based tools to assess and mitigate threats.

Released: 2-Nov-2020 7:50 AM EST
DHS Awards $2M to University of Illinois-Led Consortium to Create National Network of Cybersecurity Institutes
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T, in partnership with CISA, has awarded $2 million to CIRI, a DHS Center of Excellence led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to develop a plan to build a national network of cybersecurity technical institutes.

Newswise: Amount of COVID Viral RNA Detected at Hospital Admission Predicts How Patients Will Fare
Released: 29-Oct-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Amount of COVID Viral RNA Detected at Hospital Admission Predicts How Patients Will Fare
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines whether the amount of RNA, or genomic load, of SARS-CoV-2 detected in swab tests of patients being admitted to the hospital with viral pneumonia is associated with more severe COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. Previous studies on this question have had conflicting results.

Newswise: Forewarning Federal Facilities About Their Cyber Risk
Released: 27-Oct-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Forewarning Federal Facilities About Their Cyber Risk
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new set of software tools, developed at PNNL, can help evaluate cybersecurity maturity at buildings and facilities, and flag potential risks.

Newswise: The Internet of Things Brings a Web of Promises and Perils to the Smart Grid, Experts Say
Released: 26-Oct-2020 5:40 PM EDT
The Internet of Things Brings a Web of Promises and Perils to the Smart Grid, Experts Say
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers established an Internet of Things Common Operating Environment (IoTCOE) laboratory to explore the risks associated with IoT connectivity to the internet, the energy grid and other critical infrastructures.

Newswise: FAU Awarded U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant to Improve Learning and Operation of AI Systems
Released: 22-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Awarded U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant to Improve Learning and Operation of AI Systems
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers will develop new theory and methods to curate training data sets for artificial intelligence (AI) learning and screen real-time operational data for AI field deployment. They will develop technology to identify faulty, unusual and irregular information for AI learning and operations that rely on data, and will provide critical alerts to troubleshoot a problem before it occurs. This data-quality evaluation technology is being developed for a number of industries ranging from the military to cybersecurity to medical diagnostics.

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Released: 22-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Cyber-security, mind-hacking and the presidential election
Washington University in St. Louis

Ning Zhang, assistant professor of engineering The U.S. presidential election is only weeks away. Hackers are hard at work. What exactly are they doing?We often think of hacking as a shadow form of computer engineering – a matter of ones and zeros, of clever coding and hijacked hardware, of software vulnerabilities and brute force attacks.

Released: 20-Oct-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Kasm Technologies Announces Kasm Server Update
KASM Technologies

Kasm Technologies, a software provider of VDI and Browser Isolation products, today announced an exciting new release of Kasm Server. Kasm Technologies container orchestration technology provides an isolated workspace for secure remote access to applications and web services.

Released: 15-Oct-2020 3:45 PM EDT
5G Introduces New Benefits, Cybersecurity Risks
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

5G advances existing telecommunication infrastructure, improves bandwidth and capabilities, and reduces network-generated delays—and it also introduces new cyber risks that S&T is working to address.

Newswise: Hispanic organization honors nuclear waste management leader, cyber assurance architect
Released: 15-Oct-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Hispanic organization honors nuclear waste management leader, cyber assurance architect
Sandia National Laboratories

Two experts at Sandia National Laboratories have been honored for their achievements and leadership as top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community. Evaristo “Tito” Bonano, nuclear energy fuel cycle senior manager, and cyber assurance architect Angela “Ang” Rivas were recognized at the 32nd annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference by Great Minds in STEM.

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Released: 12-Oct-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Sandia helps safeguard biological data threatened during COVID-19 pandemic
Sandia National Laboratories

A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Boston firm BioBright LLC to improve the security of synthetic biology equipment has become more relevant after the United States and others issued warnings that hackers were using the COVID-19 pandemic to increase their activities.

Newswise: Lack of Knowledge Is One Barrier to Prone Positioning in Severe ARDS Caused by COVID-19
7-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Lack of Knowledge Is One Barrier to Prone Positioning in Severe ARDS Caused by COVID-19
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines ways to increase the use of prone positioning for patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and develops specific implementation strategies that can assist in clinicians’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prone positioning has been shown to reduce mortality related to severe ARDS, yet most patients with ARDS—up to 85 percent—do not receive this lifesaving therapy.

Newswise: Protecting Device Software from Zero-Day Attacks with TrustMS
Released: 5-Oct-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Protecting Device Software from Zero-Day Attacks with TrustMS
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T collaborates with Intelligent Automation, Inc., to develop system that protects operating systems and apps on embedded platforms against cyberattacks.

Newswise: OSU Assumes Cyberinfrastructure Responsibility for OOI
Released: 5-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
OSU Assumes Cyberinfrastructure Responsibility for OOI
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Oregon State University (OSU) jointly announced that OSU will assume responsibilities for the systems management of the cyberinfrastructure that makes data transmission for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) possible through September of 2023.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Hackers targeting companies that fake corporate responsibility
University of Delaware

A new study found some hackers aren’t in it for the money; they want to expose firms that engage in phony philanthropy. These hackers — which include everyone from disgruntled employees to hacktivist groups — can “sniff out” actions that only give the appearance of corporate social responsibility.

Released: 23-Sep-2020 2:00 PM EDT
DHS Awards $1M to California Small Business to Develop Cybersecurity Information Sharing Tool
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T's SBIR Program awards $1 million to California-based small business InferLink Corporation to develop collaborative peer-to-peer tool for sharing cybersecurity information and lessons learned.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Network Resilience is Key to Surviving Compound Hazard Events, Scientists Say
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

As extreme weather and other events increase in frequency and intensity, cybercriminals ramp up attacks on technologies that tie together urban infrastructure systems, networks critical to the flow of data, people, goods, and services must be made more resilient to failure, according to a team of scientists.

Newswise: Targeting the biggest cybersecurity threat to voting in the 2020 election
Released: 18-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Targeting the biggest cybersecurity threat to voting in the 2020 election
Tulane University

Voting is the staple of democracy and has been done in person in the United States since its founding. While the controversy over the integrity of mail-in votes continues, never in our country’s history has voting in person been more fraught with potential security risks that could alter the outcome.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 11:35 AM EDT
CVE Program Partners with Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency to Protect Industrial Control Systems and Medical Devices
MITRE

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE®) Program announced today it is expanding its partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for managing the assignment of CVE Identifiers (IDs) for the CVE Program.

Newswise: Revolutionary quantum breakthrough paves way for safer online communication
30-Aug-2020 9:00 PM EDT
Revolutionary quantum breakthrough paves way for safer online communication
University of Bristol

The world is one step closer to having a totally secure internet and an answer to the growing threat of cyber-attacks, thanks to a team of international scientists who have created a unique prototype which could transform how we communicate online.

Newswise: UAH professors get $500,000 NSF grant to better protect privacy of solid-state drive data
Released: 25-Aug-2020 11:55 AM EDT
UAH professors get $500,000 NSF grant to better protect privacy of solid-state drive data
University of Alabama Huntsville

The National Science Foundation has awarded a pair of professors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, a nearly $500,000, three-year grant to develop a better way to wipe data from the solid-state drives (SSDs).

Released: 21-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
New Mexicans invited to virtual job fair August 26, 2020
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories and six other U.S. Department of Energy institutions are hiring in a variety of areas via a virtual job fair Wednesday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MDT) to help fill more than 600 open positions. Of those, 54 are at Los Alamos.

Newswise: UA Little Rock makes COSMOS a designated research center
Released: 20-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
UA Little Rock makes COSMOS a designated research center
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) Lab has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) to become an established research center on campus.“By designating COSMOS as a formal center, UA Little Rock will be a leader and pioneer in social media analytics and social media forecasting,” said Dr.

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Released: 18-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
UCI cyber-physical security researchers highlight vulnerability of solar inverters
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 18, 2020 – Cyber-physical systems security researchers at the University of California, Irvine can disrupt the functioning of a power grid using about $50 worth of equipment tucked inside a disposable coffee cup. In a presentation delivered at the recent Usenix Security 2020 conference, Mohammad Al Faruque, UCI associate professor of electrical engineering & computer science, and his team revealed that the spoofing mechanism can generate a 32 percent change in output voltage, a 200 percent increase in low-frequency harmonics power and a 250 percent boost in real power from a solar inverter.

Released: 18-Aug-2020 9:20 AM EDT
Study Debunks Robocall Myths, Lays Groundwork For Stopping Them
North Carolina State University

New research finds that the number of robocalls isn’t going up, and that answering a robocall doesn’t make you more likely to get additional robocalls. However, stories you’ve heard about individuals getting hundreds of back-to-back unsolicited calls? Those are true.

Released: 6-Aug-2020 4:50 PM EDT
DHS S&T Innovation Programs Share Partnership With Oakland-Based Start-Up
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T SVIP and the DHS SBIR program are leveraging their innovative funding mechanisms to further develop a critical cybersecurity technology from CryptoMove, Inc., a start-up based in Oakland, California.

Newswise: FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 6-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Florida Atlantic University

Four FAU researchers have received the coveted NSF Early Career (CAREER) award for research to develop a low-cost, disposable point-of-care platform to detect current and emerging infectious diseases; for a cognitive screening tool for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using wearables and a smartphone; for mathematical tools and new ways of coding to enhance cybersecurity; and to better understand how marine animals tune, or dynamically adjust their movements using their skin and skeletons.

Newswise: NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:20 AM EDT
NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Northern Arizona University

In its first NSF Engineering Research Center collaboration, NAU will receive nearly $2 million in funding as a CQN contributing partner in the areas of research, education and workforce development.


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