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NSA $2 Billion Utah Data Center

The National Security Agency has confirmed a $2 billion project for a new data center at Camp Williams, Utah. The 1 million square-foot facility is part of an overall initiative to decentralize the agency; a similar facility is scheduled for construction in Texas. The Utah center is NSA’s the third major data center, including its new Texas …

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Obama Cyber Monitoring Plan To Use NSA Technology

President Obama plans to build upon the Bush Administration’s Einstein 3 cyber security plan using National Security Agency (NSA) technology, according to Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reports. The telephone company AT&T Inc. will most likely be used for the Einstein pilot test site, according to government officials.  The Einstein program began in 2003 …

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IBM Invests In Cloud Computing

Since IBM’s partnership with Google to introduce ‘cloud computing’ to universities over two years ago, IBM has started to invest in computing outside the realm of academia. Stating on its website “Cloud computing focuses on the user, and offers highly efficient acquisition and delivery of IT and information services. Cloud computing is …

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White House Promises Less Talk More Action For Cyber Security

At the Gartner annual Information Security Summit the  National Cyber Security Council director Christopher Painter assured skeptics in the cyber community that the Obama administration is taking cyber security seriously and there will be action. Critics are worried that with no budgetary authority the ‘cyber czar’ will become no more than …

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US vs. Russia: Cyber Space Dispute

The United States and Russia disagree upon many things, cybersecurity is no exception. Russia would like an international treaty to prevent what it sees as the next potential arms race. Russia argues that an international treaty would ban countries from engaging in military cyber warfare, similar to past chemical warfare negotiations, and is …

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Former DHS Cyber Chief New CEO of ICANN: Beckstrom

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the appointment of  new CEO Rod Beckstrom late last week. Rod Beckstrom is best known for his position as US cybersecurity chief at the Department of Homeland Security and is co-author of The Starfish and the Spider, a book that advocates a mixed …

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UK Cybersecurity Strategy to Focus on Small Businesses

According to a government-funded security group involved in rolling out the UK’s new cybersecurity strategy, the government will make a particular effort to engage small and medium-sized enterprises. Tony Dyhouse, director of the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network, said the large organizations governing critical national infrastructure systems already have good flows …

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UK Hires 'Naughty' Cyber Experts

The UK has not only created its own version of a ‘cyber czar’, but has also updated its ‘national security strategy’ with a new Cyber Security Operations Centre under the GCHQ, the UK’s leading intelligence Agency. The new centre is very similar to the recently announced ‘Cybercom’ under the US Department of  Defense. The UK has declared …

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TJ Maxx: Pays Millions for Poor Cybersecurity

T.J. Maxx dished out a $9.75 million settlement to states where tens of millions credit and debit card numbers were exposed by cyber thieves over 2005/2006. The security breach affected more than $45 million credit and debit card holders in 41 states, beginning in July of 2005, but was not discovered until December 2006. …

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Cyber Command: Gates Makes it Official

Through a quiet three-page memo on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the Department of Defense’s commitment to a new cyber military command center titled Cybercom. The announcement reflects growing emphases of the Obama administration’s revamping and centralization of cyber security. The creation of the White House cyber coordinator and the centralization …

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ISA: 80 Percent of Cyber Attacks Preventable

The President of the Internet Security Alliance Larry Clinton brought insight to The New New Internet for improving cybersecurity. Clinton supports private sector market incentives and believes most cybersecurity problems can be solved with current technology. TheNewNewInternet: What are your thoughts on having a cyber czar in the near future? …

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Cyber Certification: Really?

Since the 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review wasconducted under the Obama administration, there has been emphasis of the lack of cybersecurity in America. With the Technolytics Institute, a cyber think tank based in Pennsylvania, findings that nonmilitary government organizations had been hacked 128 times a minute in March by alleged Chinese hackers, no wonder cybersecurity …

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Smart-Grid Security: Under Construction

Itron, inc., is testing its smart-grid technology with the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to make sure revolutionary IT applications to critical infrastructure don’t create new vulnerabilities. Fear not, says Itron, the nation’s leading producer of smart meters, these tests are part of an across-the-board effort undertaken by government and private industry to make the …

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Twitter in Iran

Read about the ‘Twitter Revolution’ here, Twitter’s role in Iran’s grass-root movement here,   why Twitter delayed its upgrade here and here, is Twitter really making an impact in Iran? here. the State Department defending its Twitter Company intervention here, how the Iranians are defeating government censorship here. 

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