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Katherine McIntire Peters

Deputy Editor Katherine is deputy editor of Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media, where she oversees editorial coverage for GovExec.com and Government Executive magazine. She previously was executive editor of Nextgov.
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FBI Deals Major Blow to Hacker Collective, Stratfor Data Thieves

March 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI's New York field office Tuesday announced the arrests of six key hackers allegedly responsible for crimes affecting over 1 million people. The hackers all were aligned with the collective Anonymous or its offshoots, including LulzSec, AntiSec and Internet Feds, according to the FBI announcement. Among the hackers was ...

CBS Takes on Stuxnet

March 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu work to reassure themselves and the Western world that they won't allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, CBS on Sunday reminded viewers that nuclear bombs aren't the only weapons of mass destruction U.S. leaders are worried about. In a "60 ...

Got a Problem? Blame the Help Desk.

February 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In what might be the modern equivalent of the cat-ate-my-homework excuse perfected by a previous generation of school children, James Murdoch is offering a new defense for ignorance of critical matters: Blame the IT shop. Murdoch's lawyers say the tabloid executive never received an email chain describing the scope of ...

Experts to Industry: Step Up Cyber Spending 9X

January 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To prevent a digital Pearl Harbor from crippling the country, banks, utilities and communications companies should increase funding for cybersecurity ninefold, according to a new study by Bloomberg Government and the Ponemon Institute LLC to be released today: To achieve security capable of stopping 95 percent of attacks -- considered ...

State of the union fails to leverage tech-savvy administration

January 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Anyone expecting the leader of the most technology-focused White House to date to offer an innovation roadmap for the battered economy was probably disappointed in President Obama's state of the union address Tuesday evening. Obama made a glancing reference to recently-announced plans for Business.USA.gov, a new federal website to help ...

Can a website boost the economy? President Obama hopes so.

January 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Along with the government reorganization President Obama announced Friday aimed at streamlining federal agencies that support business and trade, the White House said it will soon create a new website, Business.USA.gov, to help American businesses and entrepreneurs better navigate government services designed to help them. "The goal is to make ...

Another Win for Verizon

January 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon is having a good week, as far as federal contracting goes. As my colleague Bob Brewin pointed out in What's Brewin' yesterday, Verizon stands to benefit significantly from the Pentagon's focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Now today the U.S. Postal Service is giving the company -- the largest communications ...

GPS Takes Another Hit

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LightSquared isn't the only entity posing a significant threat to the Global Positioning System. The Christian Science Monitor, in an exclusive interview with an Iranian engineer, reported that Iranians used a spoofing technique to make the drone "land on its own where we wanted it to, without having to crack ...

Army to slash thousands of civilian jobs in 2012

December 8, 2011 Army officials said Thursday they will cut 8,700 civilian positions next year at 70 locations across 37 states. The jobs will be eliminated by Sept. 30, 2012, to cope with anticipated budget cuts, according to a Pentagon announcement. Ninety percent of the cuts will come from the Installation Management Command, ...

How Skilled is Your Agency's Cyber Workforce?

December 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Our colleagues over at the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group's research arm, want to know what you think. In the age of Anonymous and Wikileaks, agencies aim to be more cyber-ready than ever before at a time when the demand for cyber professionals may be greater than the ...