SECURING GOVERNMENT: Lessons From The Cyber Frontlines [DOWNLOAD]. Nearly every state experienced a government network breach during 2014, while simultaneously managing disruptions in commerce caused by hacks of companies such as Home Depot, Staples, and Target. Even localities were not exempt — Rapid City, N.D., and Napa, Calif., are just two cities whose websites were hacked. Read more
STRONG AUTHENTICATION: OMB Cites Progress With Hardware-Based Verification. Agencies have made significant progress instituting hardware-based personal identity verification cards or alternative forms of strong authentication for access to cyber systems, OMB has said. Read more
IG NEWS: Lack Of Cybersecurity Staff, Technology Left USPS Vulnerable To 2014 Attack. A lack of properly trained cybersecurity workers and a comprehensive cyber strategy were major reasons why the U.S. Postal Service experienced a data breach late last year, a new report found. Read more
MEANINGFUL USE: Critics Warn Of $11 Billion Pentagon Health Records Fiasco. As the Pentagon prepares the biggest federal IT contract announcement since Healthcare.gov, critics are warning of an even bigger fiasco, a record system that’s obsolete before it’s even finished.
PROGRAMMING & SCRIPTING
DEVELOPERS: Rating Programming Languages – Swift is Hot, Dart is Not. Apple’s Swift programming language is enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity and gaining new followers at an unprecedented rate, according to a recent study. Read more
JAVA: Web Page Scraping with Jsoup. A lot of sites make their content available via APIs, RSS feeds, or other forms of structured data. For those that don’t there’s Web Scraping. It’s a technique whereby you extract data from website content. Read more
MERGE: jQuery And Dojo Foundations To Merge . This is a story that is difficult to fathom and it raises far more questions than it answers. The jQuery and Dojo foundations are indeed merging, but what exactly this means is a puzzle. Read more
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