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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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How Do You Protect a Helicopter From a Hacker?

May 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As more military weapons and vehicles become autonomous, the more at risk to cyber intrusions they will become. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program to create technology to secure those things that exist in the cyber and physical realms. During a recent...

A Few Helpful New Features in Windows 10

May 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft recently released an update for Windows 10 that includes some helpful new features. The Night Light feature changes the screen to warmer color temperature during the evening hours to ensure it doesn't disturb users' sleep patterns. You can turn it on by going into system settings. Microsoft's voice assistant...

Meet NASA's Newest Crew Member: Astrobee

May 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA has frequently used robotics, and the space agency is currently preparing to send one adorable robot to the International Space Station to help the astronauts onboard. Astrobee is shaped like a cube and measures 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot. While Astrobee is small, it can take...

Self-Driving Cars Will Hinge on These 2 Things

May 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At this point, self-driving cars feel like a guaranteed mode of transportation in our future. Many automakers have even promised to make autonomous vehicles available by the year 2021. To keep those promises, car and tech companies will have to invest in two technologies. First, automated vehicles will require sensor...

Now You Can Test Microsoft's Secure Browser for Businesses

May 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want an extra layer of security for your organization? Microsoft unveiled the Windows Defender Application Guard for it's Edge web browser back in September 2016, but it's now available for testing. The app works by locking the web browser in a 'virtual machine' to protect the rest of the device....

Answers to Password Questions You're Too Embarrassed to Ask

May 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow May 4 is World Password Day, an event designed to promote good password habits online because weak logins like "123456" and "qwerty" continue to top the lists of the most common passwords. The frequent use of weak passwords isn't from a lack of information, however. Results from a Pew Research...

New Tricks for Google Maps

May 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Maps is great at getting users from point A to point B, but now the app is introducing new features to help enhance people's navigation experience. Lost in a crowd or on city streets? You can now share your current location with friends. To do that, tap the blue...

SpaceX's Secretive Satellite Launch

May 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Early morning May 1, SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket carrying a satellite from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The details and purpose of the satellite? Classified. But who commissioned the launch? The National Reconaissance Office, a U.S. military agency launching and operating spy satellites since the 1960s, tapped the burgeoning...

The Rise of the Health Care Robots

April 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots and artificial intelligence systems are becoming an increasing part of the health care system, aiding doctors and nurses in their work. One AI algorithm developed by researchers at Stanford University runs through a smartphone and can help doctors identify and diagnose skin cancer by scanning images of a patient's...

Ransomware is On the Rise and Getting More Expensive

April 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Incidents of ransomware are becoming more frequent and the cost is rising. According to Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, it's the fifth most common form of malware. Ransomware targets private citizens, retailers and hospitals but the government also ends up in the crosshairs. In 2016, ransomware on government agencies...