Stories by Julie Hanson

You can't hack it

Sometimes the sky is falling. But now there's a way to hear about it in time to dodge the debris.

Yoran to serve as director of NCSD

FRAMINGHAM (11/11/2003) - Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge appointed Amit Yoran to serve as the director of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection office. Yoran was most recently the vice president for managed security services at Symantec Corp.

Patriot Act roadshow

FRAMINGHAM (11/11/2003) - One month after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the U.S. Department of Justice garnered enough support to pass the USA Patriot Act. But with the passage of time, civil liberties groups have become increasingly shrill in their opposition to this law that gives the government and law enforcement broad monitoring abilities. Their criticisms have attracted the attention of legislators and the media. In response, the DoJ has started its own marketing campaign to respond to accusations of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others. The marketing of the act, and not its merits, may determine its fate.

Safety rules drive bus maker's IT project

FRAMINGHAM (11/05/2003) - Federal rules now require makers of commercial and private vehicles and the parts they make to submit massive reports--and by massive we mean hundreds of pages, according to one manufacturer--to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on defects, customer complaints and warranty claims.

The market of the future

FRAMINGHAM (10/08/2003) - When the press caught wind of the Pentagon's proposed FutureMAP initiative (also known as the terrorism futures market), an initiative that would create an online site where members could bet cash on when and where they thought terrorist attacks would occur, the program was quickly squashed. Members of Congress, such as Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, chimed in to label the idea "unbelievably stupid." Terrorism might be a tasteless application of the idea, but futures markets have been used to successfully predict both elections and sporting events. Economists see them as having tremendous potential to measure the likelihood of future events.

Networked at sea

The US Navy wants an intranet. To ensure that the project sails smoothly, the Navy is soliciting help from private industry vendors to replace more than 1000 local networks with a a single, secure intranet. The infrastructure and basic applications for the intranet will be built by subcontractor Electronic Data Systems. The Navy has requested all the bells and whistles: modern applications that offer Web services, efficient storage solutions through databases and consolidation of their 30,000 applications.