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GSA shuts down apps.gov, FCC CIO to step down and more

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Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • GSA shuts down apps.gov - The GSA has shut down the online SAAS storefront, Apps.gov. The online store, apps.gov, was shut down “in an effort to provide streamlined customer service,” GSA said. GSA does say that these apps are all still available either through GSA schedules or on howto.gov. Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
  • FCC CIO Naylor to step down Jan. 4 - Robert Naylor will be leaving the FCC in early 2013 for a new role in the private sector. He has been in this role for almost 2 years, and it leaves an opening which needs to be filled. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • A new brand of cyber security: hacking the hackers - The former head of FBI’s cyber crimes division, Shawn Henry, has started up CrowdStrike, an Internet security start-up dedicated to making life difficult for hackers trying to attack American institutions. Via LA Times, more here.
  • Instead of Passwords, Security Software Checks Your Eyes - EyeVerify has software dedicated to identifying users by their “eyeprints.” This software would check the veins in the whites of eyes. EyeVerify asserts this is as secure as fingerprints or other biometrics, and requires no new hardware for smartphones. Via Mashable, more here.
  • The Four Dimensions of Cloud Security - Andy Rolfe, chief technology of Authentify, offers his four dimensions of cloud security and securing BYOD in enterprises. Rolfe sees the cloud as a multidimensional environment which can add value, if approached properly. Via MSPNews, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.