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 •  December 8

Gartner estimates there are 8.4 billion devices connecting to the Internet in 2017–a 31 percent increase over 2016. By 2020, there will be approximately three smart devices for every person on the planet. With this rapid growth in smart devices, exploding data volumes, and the shift to the cloud, it is becoming more and more challenging to protect...

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 •  December 8

(Illustration: Shutterstock) As the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Sue Gordon has no shortage of cybersecurity data at her fingertips, but the key to cyber success is connecting the dots cross-government and in partnership with the private sector. Gordon addressed the audience gathered at Tuesday’s Symantec Government Symposium...

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 •  December 6

Kevin Cox is Jon Snow in the war against cyber threats–for the cyber night is here and full of terrors. And, winter isn’t coming–it’s already here. As Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) rounds out phases I and II, our government needs automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to hold back the ugly cyber hoards. AI,...

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 •  December 1

The Army and Navy recently announced that their Cyber Mission Teams were fully operational, and the U.S. Cyber Command now has all of their planned complement of 133 teams in business. With its people (totaling more than 6,000 service members and civilians) in place, U.S. cyber forces can now look to machines to help carry out effective operations...

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 •  November 16

Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Cyber Diplomacy Act, clearing the path for a new cyber ambassador. If signed into law, the act would establish an Office of Cyber Issues within the State Department and give the office’s head the status and rank of an ambassador. The new ambassador would be tasked with promoting “an open,...

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 •  October 27

(Illustration: Shutterstock) In order to combat a cyber workforce shortage, the traditional U.S. education system needs to be revamped to better align with cybersecurity needs, according to testimony at a House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the...

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 •  October 23

Federal agencies face a continual struggle to attract top talent in the cyber workforce. Why? Because it is difficult for agencies to find qualified personnel, hard to retain security workers, and there is often an insufficient understanding of job requirements. This impacts us all – as it makes it more difficult for agencies to make good,...

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 •  October 23

(Illustration: Shutterstock) The Department of Homeland Security published tips on Staying Safe in a “Smart” World, which tells citizens how to navigate an environment full of the Internet of Things. The tips include: Read privacy policies and know what information an app or device will collect to determine if you really want to share such...

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 •  October 16

(Photo: Shutterstock) The Department of Defense (DoD) is recognizing National Cybersecurity Month by expanding cybersecurity education to families of service members. “This is not just an IT issue,” said Essye Miller, deputy CIO for cybersecurity and chief information security officer for DoD. “Everyone that’s operating on the network has a...

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 •  October 9

(Photo: Shutterstock) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Oct. 6 that the Federal government needs to classify cyberattacks on the United States as acts of war. Clinton referred to the Russian hacks on the Democratic National Committee as a reason for the U.S. to retaliate against such breaches. The hacks by Russian actors and the...