Tag Archives: White House

Obama Names May 6 Military Spouse Appreciation Day

The nation joins the White House today in honoring the families of service members by declaring May 6 Military Spouse Appreciation Day. “Our service members and their families seldom ask for support or recognition,” President Obama said in a presidential proclamation. “They carry out their duties to family and country …

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'White House' Christmas Card Laced with Malware

Cyber crooks used a fake White House email Christmas card to steal data from law enforcement, military and government workers, although analysts said no classified information was compromised, The Associated Press reports. The Christmas tree-decorated e-card prompted recipients to click on a link, which then downloaded the Zeus malware commonly …

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Obama's No. 2 Tech Guru Resigns to Rejoin Private Sector

White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin is leaving his post to launch two new start-up endeavors, according to The Washington Post. McLaughlin, who previously served as Google’s chief of global public policy, was responsible for numerous White House’s Internet policy initiatives, including the controversial net neutrality rules. He …

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White House Launches Privacy, Internet Policy Subcommittee

In an effort to promote the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting citizens’ online privacy, the National Science and Technology Council has launched a new subcommittee on privacy and Internet policy. Cameron Kerry, general counsel at the Department of Commerce, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the …

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Government, Businesses Catch Rays with Solar Panels

Government agencies, private industries and even sports leagues are actively pursuing solar technology in an effort to become more environmentally friendly and save money on rising energy expenses. The government is hopping on the solar bandwagon with last week’s announcement that the White House will install a solar water heater …

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White House Lifts Ban on Cookies

White House officials recently announced the proposed abolishment of a decade-long ban on browser cookies after talks with public groups and privacy advocates. According to the Federal Register notice on the topic, the goal of the review is for the federal government to continue protecting the privacy of those visiting …

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Cyber Plan to Touch e-Health

The White House wants to make online commerce more secure, according to White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. During a conference hosted by the Health and Human Service Department’s Office of Civil Rights and National Institute for Standards and Technology, Schmidt said the White House is looking to develop a …

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Competing Proposals for Cyber Coordinator

Last Friday, Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, outlined the key principles he hopes to include in legislation put forward with Susan Collins on cybersecurity, including a Senate-confirmed cyber coordinator positioned in the White House. On Monday, Senator Susan Collins spoke before the Homeland …

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Administration's Barrage of Cyber Info

The Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to effectively educate the American public regarding cyber security issues. Janet Napolitano and President Obama have both conducted video presentations on cyber security in the past week. With October designated by Obama as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the administration has …

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Obama the Cyber Educator

In a video released on the White House Blog, President Obama discussed the roles of government, private sector and citizens in securing cyber security. President Obama provided useful guidelines to being “cyber smart” as an individual and highlighted the pivotal role individuals play in cyber security. [youtube UIIY9AQSqbY]

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DHS Can Hire 1000 Cyber Professionals

On Thursday, Janet Napolitano announced DHS has been authorized to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity professionals. The remarks came at the kick off meeting for National Cyber Security Awareness Month.The new hires will be distributed throughout DHS as Napolitano looks to make the department a premier center for cybersecurity knowledge. …

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