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White House’s All-Inclusive Cybersecurity Directive – What does it all mean?

By Sarah Austin   On Tuesday, July 26 The White House unveiled a new policy directive specifying how the federal government will react to growing and rapidly evolving cyberthreats.   The new directive implements principles from February’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Most importantly, it reinforces the White House’s policy that cybersecurity is a team effort.   Under the new directive, the FBI will be responsible for coordinating the response to an immediate threat, and the Department of Homeland Security will be responsible for managing the effects after an attack occurs. The directive will also require the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to keep an updated list of contact information to assist those impacted by a cyberattack and report it to the proper authorities.  

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Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Collection Program: Is the end in sight?

By Schawn-Paul Rotella   Earlier this year President Obama announced his intention to end the government's Bulk Telephony Metadata Collection Program. In its stead, the program will have the government’s responsibilities handed over to the telephone companies that operate inside of the United States. Here is how Section 215

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Cyber Policy and the State of the Union

By Sarah Austin - President Obama’s speech to the American people during his State of the Union address took a much different tone toward technology and cyber policy than we’re used to seeing.   While we may be used to the President focusing on the need for technological advancements and calling for a larger investment in Information Technology, he only briefly mentioned the recent success of these efforts.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite POTUS Veto Threat

Despite a recent veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would facilitate the sharing of data and other information between businesses and the federal government.  The legislation, which passed by a vote of 288-127, was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Charles Ruppersberger (D-Md.).

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An Analysis of the President’s Cybersecurity Executive Order

By Kristian Stout   On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (“EO”). The EO was created in response to “repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure.” Army General Keith B. Alexander describes the EO as a step in the direction of hardening the nation’s networks across both the government and private sector.

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[TEXT] Executive Order – Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - IMPROVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:   Section 1. Policy. Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate the need for improved cybersecurity. The cyber threat to critical infrastructure continues to grow

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