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10/21/2020
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Microsoft introduces Azure Space

Microsoft is the latest cloud provider to take its services to space. The company launched Azure Space on Tuesday, targeting both private and public customers interested in the great beyond. Supported by an ecosystem of partnerships across the space industry, Azure Space will link Microsoft's existing cloud platform with new data centers and a network of satellites launched by private companies like SpaceX. It's even taking advantage of SpaceX's Starlink, the innovative company’s plan to use satellites to bring high-speed internet across the globe. Jackson Barnett has more.


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Energy thinking ethically about AI

The Department of Energy is the latest federal agency to drafting its own principles for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Cheryl Ingstad, director of the Artificial Intelligence & Technology Office, said her office has been looking at separate ethical AI principles released by the Department of Defense and the intelligence community for inspiration. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.


Verizon wins SSA unified comms contract

The Social Security Administration issued a $44 million contract to Verizon to improve customer service by converging three legacy systems into one unified communication platform. The customized platform will be used by about 62,000 SSA employees across 1,300 locations as part of the agency’s broader IT modernization effort. More on the contract.


DOD moving 18M biometric records to the cloud

The Department of Defense plans to move about 18 million biometric records to Amazon Web Service's GovCloud as part of the modernization of its Automated Biometric Identification System. In a new request for information, DOD suggests it's looking for a systems integrator to lead the migration of the system and its operational environments to the cloud. Jackson Barnett has the story.


NSA warns defense contractors of recent Chinese government-backed hacking

The National Security Agency published an advisory Tuesday warning defense contractors of Chinese government-backed hackers who are actively exploiting a multitude of known vulnerabilities that primarily affect products used for remote access or for external web services. Vulnerabilities the Chinese hackers are exploiting include those of Pulse Secure VPNs, which could allow attackers to steal victim passwords, as well as F5 Networks’ Big-IP Traffic Management User Interface, Windows Domain Name System servers, a series of flaws in Citrix ADC and Gateway devices, and several others. Read more on CyberScoop.


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