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IN THE IT PIPELINE WHAT: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is looking for ways to measure brainpower with the goal of understanding how people might adapt to future job demands. WHY: Research has shown that certain brain measurements can predict levels of skill acquisition in mathematical problem solv- ing. IARPA is wondering whether that ability might apply to pro- fessions "where job demands and required skills change rapidly due to new environ- ments, new competitors, and/or advances in tools and methods, " according to a request for infor- mation posted on the agency's website. IARPA wants ideas on "non- invasive assays of brain struc- ture and/or function" that can predict and measure real-world learning outcomes that are "rel- evant to national security. " That could apply to the acquisition of human and programming lan- guages, the rapid absorption of information about countries and cultures, and the mastery of new computer systems or business processes. IARPA is interested in how far in advance neural data can predict performance, what types of aptitudes are most likely to be predetermined by neural measurements and whether the accuracy of predictions might vary according to age, gender, nationality or other factors. FULL LISTING: Go to IARPA.gov and click on "Requests for Information" under the "Working with IARPA" dropdown menu. Trending of a phased-retirement employee's time must be devoted to mentoring and training colleagues 20% 6 August 30, 2014 FCW.COM U.S. Investigations Services, a major provider of background checks for the Department of Homeland Security, suf- fered a data breach that "has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack," the rm said Aug. 6. The cyberattack, the scale of which is still unclear, might have resulted in the theft of DHS employees personal information, an agency spokesman said. DHS has stopped working with USIS until security is restored. "As we continue to investigate the nature of this breach on an urgent basis, we will be notifying speci c DHS employees whose [personally identi- able information] we can determine was likely compromised," DHS spokes- man Peter Boogaard said. USIS describes itself as the govern- ment s largest private provider of back- ground checks. The rm said it spot- ted the attack on its own and noti ed the Of ce of Personnel Management and other agencies right away. USIS has hired a computer forensics rm to investigate the incident. DHS and the FBI are part of a cross- agency group responding to the breach, Boogaard said. "Our forensic analysis has concluded that some DHS person- nel may have been affected, and DHS has noti ed its entire workforce...to advise them to monitor their nancial accounts for suspicious activity." USIS handled background checks for Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and National Security Agency contractor- turned-leaker Edward Snowden. Some senior lawmakers have questioned why USIS is still being awarded fed- eral contracts after the Justice Depart- ment joined a civil lawsuit in January alleging the rm left at least 665,000 background checks incomplete over a four-and-a-half-year period. Neither Alexis nor Snowden s investigation is a subject of the lawsuit. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said the newly discovered USIS breach "underscores the scary reality of how much of a target our sensitive informa- tion has become in cyberspace. It also shows how urgent it is that we reform our laws to better combat attacks from malicious actors." Carper said the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, recently approved by his committee, would help "modernize our antiquated, inadequate federal cyber policies." --- Sean Lyngaas DHS suspends work with USIS after cyberattack Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. Cost, complexity, globalization of tech, and the "Internet of Things" RT @FCWnow: What keeps DARPA up at night? http://ow.ly/2Lktsi 7:30PM-6Aug2014 DARPA @DARPA Reply Retweet Favorite
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