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Cyber Conflict: US vs. Russia

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Russo-American tensions are flaring over cybersecurity.  The US wants an expansion of talks similar to the 2004 Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, signed by 22 nations (editorial note: neither Russia or China signed).  The US-backed agreement would criminalize cyberattacks and focus on the individual crimes.  On the other hand, Russia wants a treaty banning cyber warfare, similar to Cold War-Era chemical weapons treaties, that many experts contend the USSR ignored.  The US believes that an international treaty would be ineffective because it is almost impossible to distinguish between a rogue individual attack, organized criminal enterprise, or government-sanctioned offensive.  As a Department of State official told the New York Times on Sunday, US strategy is “defense, defense, defense,“ while Russia wants to “constrain offense” to prevent a cyber arms race.  Bottom line, according to the State Department official: “We need to criminalize these horrible 50,000 attacks we’re getting a day.”

Unamanned Vehicles, the Future of Combat and a Lot More

Efficient, versatile, ever vigilant and poised to grow dramatically.  The DoD wants an 18.4 percent ($870 million) spending increase for unmanned systems in fiscal 2010 as comparted to ’09. Line items for unmanned systems in the “˜10 budget total $5.4 billion, a 39% increase over the $3.9 billion spent on unmanned systems in “˜08.

Cloud Computing: It’s Not Technology…. It’s A Business Model

Prior to introducing the enabling technology of cloud computing or other disruptive technologies, management must first adopt the change in business process and business modeling in order to align their organization with the mindset, requirements, and demands of the new computing model.

The benefits of cloud computing:

  1. Cost.
  2. Increased Productivity.
  3. Increased Mobility.
  4. Tighter Security.
  5. Cloud Systems are Easy to Upgrade.

Need proof?  Check out virtualization start-up Hyper9: they’re struggling to keep up with demand, even with established players like Microsoft and VMWare competing for business.

Obama Administration Talks Healthcare, ExecutiveBiz Talks Health IT Innovation

Robert Wah
Robert Wah

Robert Wah of CSC: “Health information technology will provide  the foundation for health system reform. To achieve the goals of improved quality of care, expanded coverage and increased efficiency, our healthcare system must use technology to share information that enables the right decisions to be made.”

Joel Selzer
Joel Selzer

Joel Selzer of Ozmosis on Social Media in Health IT: “The beauty of social media is that with very little cost you can enable parties across the world to more effectively share information and to collaborate in real time…Whether it is Ozmosis or another platform, you can crowd-source all those great insights and best practices to let physicians see the virtues of one solution…versus another.”

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Written by Jim Garrettson

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