The US Department of Justice has updated its drone policy with new regulations largely focusing on privacy and cybersecurity. The DOJ will be working with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop an air traffic support plan, and the policy will gauge "the potential intrusiveness and impact on privacy and civil liberties" caused by drone camera and sensors as compared with their benefits.
Network security rules for Defense Department contractors are posing a challenge for small firms, and supplier shortfalls in security could cause problems for larger contractors. "I have not heard of anyone not getting a contract, but the probability [of not getting one] is there," said Jason Timm, Aerospace Industries Association assistant vice president for national security policy.
The government is considering adopting new rules aimed at eliminating loopholes that have allowed companies to continue shipping supplies to Huawei Technologies in the face of a Commerce Department ban restricting such sales, Reuters reports. The Chinese manufacturer is reportedly succeeding in building smartphones without US-made chips, however, using replacements from sources that include Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands.
The new year will bring more scams involving faked audio and video as well as more sophisticated phishing threats, according to the Experian Data Breach Industry Forecast. Experian's Michael Bruemmer says criminals might target cannabis and cryptocurrency companies because those sectors are "putting more money into growth and less into cybersecurity."
In 1988, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, started the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, originally designed to support African American students in the natural sciences, and the program was later expanded to include more students as well as replicated at Penn State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We have educated more African American undergraduates who have gone on to earn the M.D.-Ph.D. than any other institution ever," write UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III and Adviser to the President Peter Henderson in this commentary.
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