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US Cyber Ties to India, Russia

Friday, June 4, 2010 | 10:26 AM Leave a comment

PC World reports that an International Telecommunication Union conference concluded in Hyderabad, India this morning with a general consensus: “Cybersecurity needs a common legal and regulatory framework across countries and the regular updating of these laws to take into account the changing nature of cybercrimes.”

Back in the States, it appears planning for the “framework” is already underway.  According to Washington’s Embassy of India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and India’s External Affairs Minister, Shri S.M. Krishna, met yesterday to discuss “India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue.”  In a press release, the Embassy says the two leaders “reiterated the necessity of building on momentum to strengthen cooperative efforts in the area of information and communication technology in general and also to address emerging transnational cybersecurity challenges.”

Still, US cyber ties stretch beyond India.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Gen. Keith Alexander, chief of the military’s new CYBERCOM, yesterday “endorsed talks with Russia over a proposal to limit military attacks in cyberspace, representing a significant shift in US policy.”
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Cybersecurity: A New Arms Race

Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 10:02 AM 1 comment

Making Cybersecurity News this morning, Chinese analysts warn that, much like the nuclear weapons show-and-tell, the US military’s recently-formed Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) could spark a new arms race, as nations battle over superlative homeland security.

Backing CYBERCOM, US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this morning, acknowledged that “more than 100 intelligence agencies and foreign militaries are actively trying to penetrate our systems.”

Meanwhile, the Senate version of the Defense authorization bill, to be rolled out later this week, would provide funding for the Department of Defense to partner with industry to continue to buildup the nation’s cybersecurity…
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Defense Bills and the Power Grid

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 9:24 AM Leave a comment

Cybersecurity legislation continues to make the news this morning.  NextGov is reporting that an overhaul is likely, as Defense bills with cybersecurity provisions continue to gain support in the Senate and House.  Meanwhile, Internet News says that the Defense bill, passed in the House on Friday, could revise US cybersecurity.

In energy-related news, the Heritage Foundation reports, “The DOE spent nine years and $153 million on an obsolete cybersecurity project that was supposed to safeguard America’s nuclear weapons information.”  Meanwhile, according to Network World, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. warns that cyber attacks are a top threat to the nation’s power grid.
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“The Cybersecurity Changes We Need”

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | 9:00 AM 1 comment

Catching up from Memorial Day weekend and making Cybersecurity News this morning, Harvard advisers in a Washington Post op-ed point out “The Cybersecurity Changes We Need,” noting that we must “adopt and embed sometimes-costly security solutions into our core infrastructures and enterprises and stop playing the game of chance.”

Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Office says that the Department of Veterans Affairs is vulnerable to a cyber attack. And GovInfoSecurity finds a way to link cybersecurity to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
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Clinton Comments and Hackers Attack

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 9:39 AM 2 comments

Making Cybersecurity News this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on Obama’s National Security Strategy, highlighting “the new and complicated threats that underscore and drive much of the interaction between powers in the world today: terrorism, proliferation, climate change, cybersecurity, energy security and many other forces at work in our world.”

CNET is reporting that Media Temple, a company that hosts websites for Adobe, ABC, Sony, NBC, Time, Volkswagen and Starbucks, fell victim to an online attack.  Meanwhile, cyber criminals take $100K from a Salt Lake City credit union.  And House Reps. Watson and Langevin call for a National Office for Cyberspace
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The Pentagon and the Private Sector

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM 4 comments

Making Cybersecurity News this morning, the Associated Press is reporting that a top Pentagon official yesterday proposed a program to extend a government computer security system to private sector businesses.  Meanwhile, the New York Times says President Obama is offering up his first formal National Security Strategy, including a look into cyber threats.  Additional morning news follows…
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