Arch Street Client Wins Big in $1.5 Billion Competition

With help from Arch Street, the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) won $500 million in funding from the State of New York to catalyze economic growth across a five-county region centered around Syracuse, New York.

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Arch Street helped author key portions of the winning proposal to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s  high-stakes Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition.  CNY was one of three winners out of seven competitors.

Arch Street drafted major elements of the successful proposal especially Section I. the regional Strategic Plan.  This section introduced regional economic data and trends linking them to future economic directions and initiatives for the region.

OSTP Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted the first-ever  Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation, which gather experts and researchers from across industry, academia, and government for a discussion on different topic areas related to policy, research and development, and technology in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) applications and airspace integration.

A good idea but there’s a long way to go before this is truly possible — Make Algorithms Accountable 

There is much research that needs to be done before computer systems can truly contextualize the way the humans can.  That’s what will be necessary if these systems are to be held accountable.

We need more due process protections to assure the accuracy of the algorithms that have become ubiquitous in our lives.

See: Make Algorithms Accountable – The New York Times

Advancing Quantum Information Science: National Challenges and Opportunities

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The U.S. National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has issued new report, Advancing Quantum Information Science: National Challenges and Opportunities.  The report is the product of an interagency working group that was created to assess the current status of the field, coordinate activities across the relevant Federal agencies, engage stakeholders, and consider ways to address impediments and facilitate progress in quantum information science.

Who ya gonna call? White House clarifies federal cybersecurity roles

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Who ya gonna call?

That’s a simple question but when it comes to cyber incidents & the federal government, there’s no simple answer.   Call DHS?  FBI?  DoD?  NSA?  NIST?   These days, ghostbusters seems like the best option sometimes.

The Obama Administration today issued Presidential Policy Directive 41 which seeks to bring clarity who’s responsible for what within the federal government when there is a cyber incident.

PDD 41 sets forth principles governing the Federal Government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities. For significant cyber incidents, the directive establishes lead Federal agencies and an architecture for coordinating the broader Federal Government response. It also requires the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to maintain updated contact information for public use to assist entities affected by cyber incidents in reporting those incidents to the proper authorities.

The directive outlines various coordination mechanisms among federal agencies depending on the type of cyber incident.  It also allocates lead agencies for cyber incident response among the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as follows.

In view of the fact that significant cyber incidents will often involve at least the possibility of a nation-state actor or have some other national security nexus, the Department of Justice, acting through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, shall be the Federal lead agency for threat response activities.

  1. The Department of Homeland Security, acting through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, shall be the Federal lead agency for asset response activities.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security, acting through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, shall be the Federal lead agency for asset response activities.
  3. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, through the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, shall be the Federal lead agency for intelligence support and related activities.

Such clarification should improve federal response to increasingly complex and damaging cyber incidents.  However be sure to keep Ghostbusters on speed dial just in case.

 

 

Organizations forthcoming about data breaches? Not really

Time to ShareSimple reason for not disclosing  — potential for getting sued.

More complex reasons — continuity of operations, competitive pressures, effect on stock prices, fear and embarrassment.

Certainly public acknowledgment of an attack can trigger legal obligations, potentially turning corporate offices into a crime scene where employees are unable to work to shut out attackers.

Source: Here’s why companies leave you in the dark about hacks for months – LA Times

Gravitational waves detected from second pair of colliding black holes 

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Scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time.  Gravitational waves carry information about their origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained, and physicists have concluded that these gravitational waves were produced during the final moments of the merger of two black holes — eight and 14 times the mass of the sun — to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole that is 21 times the mass of the sun.

The LIGO Observatories are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and were conceived, built and are operated by Caltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

During his tenure with the NSF, Tim Clancy, the President of Arch Street sat on the internal NSF LIGO Steering Committee that oversaw the budget and program management of the LIGO project during it’s design and construction in the 1990’s.

Credit: Image credit: LIGO/T. Pyle

 

 

New White House Report:  A 21st Century Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for America’s National Security 

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Emerging technologies are creating the potential for new, asymmetric, and unpredictable threats in areas such as cybersecurity, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and autonomy, and climate change. In order to address these emerging threats, the U.S. national security science and technology (S&T) enterprise must become more agile, responsive, and resilient.

Recently the Obama Administration released a new report from the National Science and Technology Council titled A 21st Century Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for America’s National Security.  The strategy calls for the modernization of the national security S&T enterprise to ensure:

  • The ability to access the best talent in the world for the national security mission;
  • Proactive and collaborative investments in specialized facilities necessary for critical national security science and technology needs;
  • Intelligent management of the business of national security science and technology, and associated risks, to achieve the best outcomes as an enterprise; and
  • Adoption of transformative frameworks and innovative practices from the private sector, where it makes sense to do so for the national security mission.