Rhetoric on the importance of cybersecurity policy from the highest levels of government, usually in the form of mandates and legislation, has been a common theme over the past few years. At the recent Cybersecurity Innovation Forum in Baltimore, MD on January 29th, the White House’s top cybersecurity official, Michael Daniel, spoke at length about the broadening security threat posed by the “Internet of Things.”
With the March 4th submission of the fiscal 2015 budget approaching, more information detailing plans of future spending and potential cuts continue to be determined. Among the departments soon to realize their respective fates, the Air Force is expecting to take severe cuts to personnel and platforms.
As the holiday season becomes nestled firmly in the rear view mirror, the onset of a new year carries with it a few certainties: an increase in [unused] gym memberships, bitter cold weather, and (among our personal favorites) Healthcare Conferences – and 2014 is no different.
As smartphones and tablets reach a point of near-ubiquity in the corporate world, the Federal government appears to be slower in its adoption of a mobile infrastructure. Though constrained by regulations not designed for a mobile infrastructure, the government is pushing forward plans to integrate mobile devices into its complex IT and regulatory infrastructure.
Multiple aerospace and defense earnings results for fiscal quarters ending December 31st, 2013 were released this week with general positivity across the board within both sectors. Aerospace companies reported exceptional results riding on the momentum of record numbers of year-end deliveries, new orders, and backlogs.
This month, Congress successfully passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which funds government operations through September 30, 2014. The bill was signed by President Obama shortly after arriving with significant momentum, having passed with a 359 – 67 bipartisan congressional majority.
Earlier this month FireEye, the provider of software-based malware protection systems that went public only last September , announced its acquisition of Mandiant, a provider of threat detection and response solutions, which rose to prominence after linking certain cyber-attacks to a unit of the People’s Liberation Army in February 2013.
Bombardier’s rough beginning to 2014 continues as the company announced it would lay off approximately 1,700 employees from its aerospace division, or 4.4% of its aerospace workforce, due to continued difficulties within the tough market and ongoing delays of its CSeries line of aircraft.