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OSSI - DHS Industry Day recap

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Open Source Government and Industry Day event focuses on Department of Homeland Security technology needs


Washington, DC – The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) hosted its second Industry Day conference to address how open source software solutions are used within federal government systems on Monday, January 14, 2013. The theme of the conference focused on the technology mission interests and needs within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. More than 300 industry, government and open source development community representatives attended the one-day event which was held at the Maritime Institute Conference Center outside Baltimore, MD. 

Technology topics for the event were coordinated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Software Assurance National Cyber Security Division. Primary tracks addressed issues regarding open source and software assurance, open source software life cycle management and future trends in open source software technology.

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Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to host open source UAV research program

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Multi-agency program seeks to identify cost savingsand drive innovation for government UAV systems

Maj. Deidre Musgrave

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (13 December 2013) – Representatives from the military, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the private sector are scheduled to meet at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center on Friday to launch a multi-agency research program designed to drive innovation while reducing costs of technology systems used within government unmanned vehicles, an industry worth $8.1 billion as defined by organizers.

Media are invited to attend a collaborative demonstration of the Open Source Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems (OS-URAVS) program and tour to be held on Friday, December 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

The OS-URAVS program is a collaborative, public-private program to be based at Camp Shelby and administered in conjunction with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Acquisition University and non-government entities, including the Open Source Software Institute.

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OSSI Announcement: NIST Supply Chain Risk Management - DRAFT

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NIST Supply Chain Risk Management - Comments Requested

Aug. 16, 2013

SP 800-161

DRAFT Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

This document provides guidance to federal departments and agencies on identifying, assessing, and mitigating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) supply chain risks at all levels in their organizations. It integrates ICT supply chain risk management (SCRM) into federal agency enterprise risk management activities by applying a multi-tiered SCRM-specific approach, including supply chain risk assessments and supply chain risk mitigation activities and guidance. 
NIST requests comments on Draft NIST SP 800-161 by October 15, 2013. Please submit comments to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with "Comments NIST SP 800-161" in the subject line. A template for submitting comments is provided below.

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework

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Recognizing that the national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the President under the Executive Order “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” has directed NIST to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure. The Framework will consist of standards, guidelines, and best practices to promote the protection of information and information systems supporting critical infrastructure operations. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the framework will help owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk while protecting business confidentiality, individual privacy and civil liberties.

RFI - Framework for Reducing Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure


Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

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omgubuntu.co.uk  August 14, 2013 by Joey-Elijah Sneddon

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge campaign has raised more money than any other project on IndieGoGo or Kickstarter – the two post popular crowd-funding platforms.

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