DHS Cybersecurity Technology Demo — NYC — October 5th

Arch Street is pleased to be working with IgniteU-NY and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Security Division (CSD) Transition to Practice Program to showcase next-generation cybersecurity technologies.  The tools are available for transition and commercialization to help protect U.S. critical infrastructure sectors such as financial services and energy.  The free showcase will take place at the New York Academy of Sciences in Lower Manhattan on October 5, 2017.  For more information and links to registration see:  Transition to Practice Technology Demo — IgniteU NY

Vivid Images of Hurricane Irma from NOAA GOES-16 Satellite

Hurricane Irma visual imagery GOES-16

First in a series of four next-generation geostationary satellites NOAA’s GOES-16 is just entering service but is already providing stunning, detailed imagery of weather events including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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GOES 16 Radar Composite of Hurricane Irma

Image quality, speed and resolution are exponential improvements over previous generation NOAA weather imagery.

NIST, DHS Join Forces to Create Secure Global Smart Cities

Credit: ©Fotolia/©Shutterstock / collage N. Hanacek

Federal agencies don’t always play nice with one another.  That’s why it’s great to hear that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have teamed up to jointly sponsor the 2018 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) which will focus on designed-in cybersecurity for “smart city” systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy.

As Doug Maughan, Director the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division noted at the initiative’s roll out n Washington, D.C., the partnership will take advantage of the strengths each agency brings to the table.  “NIST has good ties to the smart city ecosystem, including local communities and technology companies,” Maughan said. “DHS S&T CSD has excellent connections to the cybersecurity industry and to cybersecurity researchers. The SC3 is designed to connect these groups so that our smart city solutions will be reliable and resilient, and will also protect our privacy.”

Arch Street is pleased to work with both NIST and DHS S&T to help advanced energy grid security and spark new innovation and technology commercialization in the cybersecurity space.  Through our work with NYSTEC via the DHS Transition to Practice Program we are seeking to foster new pathways for transfer of federally-funded technologies into the marketplace.  With NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Arch Street is helping shape the next generation of cybersecurity best practice use cases in the energy and manufacturing sectors.



Government Research Labs as Innovation Hubs

Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Nadia Carlsten of the Department of Homeland Security has an interesting article in Forbes this week — Where’s The Next Big Thing In Tech? Try A Government Funded Lab.  She describes how government research labs like the Department of Energy’s National Labs and Department of Defense Labs are a largely untapped source of new start-up technologies and wealth creation. Dr. Carlsten notes that “most projects never make it out of the lab, and instead of helping us stream Youtube videos or warm up leftovers, are left to languish, unused, forever.”  This unused or underused intellectual property — often freely available — can be leveraged through open innovation models .

Arch Street LLC is committed to supporting open innovation through Dr. Carlsten’s Transition to Practice Program focusing on breakthrough cybersecurity technologies to protect private sector critical infrastructure.  Arch Street is working with NYSTEC — a not-for-profit company that provides commercialization and tech transfer services in the Northeast region to Labs such as the Air Force Research Laboratory.

OMB Issues FY 2019 Budget Guidance to Agencies 

The Office of Management and Budget has issued its guidelines to federal agencies for 2019 budget submissions, effectively telling them to get comfortable with lower civilian spending and workforce levels. In a memo from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, agencies are told their spending priorities are to reflect the administration’s efforts to reorganize the government and restructure the federal workforce. The directive said 2019 budgets should be no higher than 2018 submissions, and investments in programs OMB has identified as effective should increase no more than 5 percent. Agency budget submissions are due to OMB by Sept. 11 

Experts Predict When Artificial Intelligence Will Exceed Human Performance

A.I. experts predict that AI will outperform humans in the next 10 years in tasks such as translating languages (by 2024), writing high school essays (by 2026), and driving trucks (by 2027).

But many other tasks will take much longer for machines to master. AI won’t be better than humans at working in retail until 2031, able to write a bestselling book until 2049, or capable of working as a surgeon until 2053.

See:  MIT Technology Review