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MITRE in the News - 2006
Article Title: "MG Wins Big in Va. Contest"
The Best in Virginia Awards, sponsored by the Richmond, Va., chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, recently recognized 26 projects by corporate communications and public relations professionals. The award of excellence in member and employee communication was presented to MITRE Lead Graphic Designer John Gratz and Senior Writer/Editor Nadine Monaco.
Article Title: "U.S. ATC System Needs Changes by 2016"
The MITRE Corporation and the FAA conducted an experiment in which en route controllers tested out workload demonstrations. Additional traffic was slowly added to a controller's workload, eventually reaching projected 2016 levels. As things got busier, the controllers eventually hit a limit. The FAA then changed the simulation and gave the controllers an integrated system display with automated tools. The test showed that controllers could handle far more planes with the integrated system than under the current system.
Article Title: "Emerging Technology—Consumer
The MITRE Corporation is experimenting with tagging using a customized application that was built on an open-source tool called Scuttle. The pilot project, dubbed 'onomi,' is similar to Del.icio.us in that it allows employees to share annotated bookmarks. Donna Cuomo, chief information architect with MITRE's Center for Information and Technology, says the idea arose after she noticed that employees were using Del.icio.us and Flickr to share company information. So far, 900 of MITRE's 6,000 employees are using onomi to organize their own bookmarks and share them with colleagues.
Article Title: "Web Flaws Race Ahead in 2006"
A draft report on the latest numbers from MITRE's Common Vulnerability Database (CVE) found that 4,375 security issues had so far been cataloged in the first nine months of 2006, just shy of the 4,538 issues documented last year. The data shows that Web flaws have continued their meteoric rise since 2005, capturing the top-three spots on the list of most common vulnerabilities. Buffer overflows, a perennial favorite, fell to the No. 4 slot. "The takeaway is that researchers are paying a lot more attention to Web vulnerabilities, and if companies don't want to get caught up in that, then they need to pay attention to those flaws," said Steven Christey, editor of the CVE Project and principal engineer at The MITRE Corporation.
Government Computer News
Article Title: "NIST Creates Forum to Comment on Software
The National Institute of Standards and Technology launched a service within its National Vulnerability Database that will allow vendors to discuss the impact of vulnerabilities on their products. The service is designed to be a public forum for vendors to comment on the vulnerabilities, and to embed the comments in databases and discussions. The National Vulnerability Database is an outgrowth of the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures dictionary, developed and maintained by The MITRE Corp., which establishes a standard naming scheme for software vulnerabilities.
The New York Times
Article Title: "This is Only a Drill in California,
Testing Technology in a Disaster Response"
It began with a worldwide virus outbreak that had cities under quarantine, emergency workers overwhelmed, and government agencies unable to cope. It was compounded by a wave of cyber terror attacks that cut off power, phones, and Internet access. Such was the crisis that teams from the Pentagon, nongovernmental agencies, and several dozen technology companies that included The MITRE Corporation, set out to resolve in a five-day simulation meant to showcase and test a new set of digital tools in responding to disaster.
Article Title: "MITRE Earns State Safety Award"
The MITRE Corporation has received a statewide safety award from the Massachusetts Safety Council. The award was part of an annual competition sponsored by the Council for its members, which include more than 800 businesses, associations, and individual members throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In order to win the safety award, members must demonstrate that they have fewer lost workdays due to illness and injury than the national average and the lowest lost workday incidence rate when compared with other members in the same industrial group.
Article Title: "Best Places to Work in IT—Overall
International Data Group's Computerworld has named The MITRE Corporation to its "Best Places to Work in IT" list for the second year in a row. MITRE ranked eighth on the list of 100 companies. Selection is based on a comprehensive survey of each organization's benefits, diversity, career development, training, and retention, as well as feedback from employees.
Article Title: "A Universal Chip for Cell Phones"
A technology concept called "software-defined radio," or SDR, developed by Joe Mitola of The MITRE Corporation, is being used as the basis for the development of a single wireless chip. SDR helps convert all incoming radio signals into digital 1s and 0s, enabling a circuit's software to sort through different frequency bands and pick out the one of interest. The "universal" chip has the potential to be used in cell phones and other wireless devices extending their battery life and permitting access to features beyond Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth technologies.
Article Title: "Dollars for Scholars raises $31,000
The MITRE Corporation hosted the March 2006 Dollars for Scholars phone-a-thon of the Bedford Chapter of the Citizens' Scholarship Foundation. A crew of 123 Bedford High School students raised over $31,000 from more than 2,300 residents of Bedford and Hanscom Air Force Base.
Washington Business Journal
Article Title: "Researchers get chance to pitch tech
ideas to investors"
The MITRE Corporation presented two potential technology ideas for investors at a newly-created forum in Virginia that could provide the basis for start-ups. An invite-only crowd of more than 50 venture capitalists attended the event, which mimicked venture capital fairs that give entrepreneurs a chance to pitch for venture capital. The forum created an opportunity for people inside labs and universities to talk directly with the business community. According to Gerard Eldering, technology transfer director at MITRE, "We're just trying to make sure everyone's working off the same sheet of music here. Part of the disconnect is people aren't thinking in the same way."
Potomac News Online
Article Title: "Alert System Well Received"
In February 2006, the city of Manassas, Va., tested a new emergency alert system. The system alerts wireless users to emergencies, and the recent test, which consisted of a mock warning of a tractor-trailer accident, transmitted messages to 30 people in the city's police, fire and public works departments. City officials have received positive feedback so far. The system's technology was originally developed by The MITRE Corporation for military use.
Article Title: "The 100 Best Companies to Work For
2006: By Treating Employees Well, These Firms are Thriving"
The MITRE Corporation has been named to FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the fifth year in a row. Companies are scored in four areas: credibility, respect, fairness, and pride/camaraderie. MITRE, which employs approximately 5,750 staff, was recognized for its generous retirement plan and the overall quality of its workplace. The list is based on an independent evaluation of the policies and culture of each company and the opinions of its employees, and approximately 1,500 companies were initially considered for the list.
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