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  • National Security Should Not Be an Excuse for Protectionism

    The Alliance for American Manufacturing has been busy advocating the idea that the U.S government needs to do more to promote domestic manufacturing, as it is critical to repairing and maintaining our critical infrastructure. Maintaining critical infrastructure is important for homeland security and disaster response, but that does not mean … More

    Let the User Beware: You're Responsible for Your Cybersecurity

    It is said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. If that is the case, the U.S. would be wise to learn from the scary story of Mat Honan, a senior writer at the technology news publication Wired. Honan is a technologically savvy guy, but with only … More

    Cybersecurity Laws Shouldn’t Be Made by Executive Fiat

    Last Friday, Heritage’s Steve Bucci wrote a piece on the defeat of the cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and called for President Obama to respect the will of the people’s duly elected representatives. However, President Obama seems to have missed that blog, since over the weekend, White House press secretary … More

    Senate Cybersecurity Bill Gets Worse the More You Read It

    There will likely be a vote in the near future on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA), led by sponsors Senators Joe Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan Collins (R–ME). As the Senate considers the CSA, it should pay close attention to the deficiencies of the bill. Indeed, as one digs deeper … More

    Cybersecurity Legislation Should Be Done Well or Not at All

    Cybersecurity legislation will likely be taken up by the Senate tomorrow. Regrettably, the idea that we just need to do something about cybersecurity seems to be trumping the view that we need to do it right. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA), authored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan … More

    Congress Has Its Head in the Cloud

    Today the House Judiciary Committee will discuss the technological and innovative power that cloud computing offers to individuals, the private sector, and the government. Cloud computing is the movement of IT capabilities away from individual computers and servers to centralized providers that manage IT resources for their users via the … More

    No "Internet Doomsday," but the U.S. Needs Better Cyber Awareness

    This week’s “Internet doomsday” experience should serve as a notice to each individual on the Web: Cyber criminals are out there, but with a little cyber awareness and cyber hygiene, most viruses can be avoided or mitigated. On Monday, the FBI shut down Internet servers that were used as a … More

    Power Outages a Sign of Cloud Computing's Achilles Heel?

    Last Friday, storms knocked out power for many in the D.C. metro area. Disruptions didn’t end there. Amazon Web Services, a cloud service provider, went down in the storm, taking several major companies’ websites and businesses offline. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest, among others, also lost access to e-mail, applications, data, … More

    Heritage Cyber Chart: Cyber Legislation Compared

    Cybersecurity is a vital national security and economic issue. To better inform Congress, Heritage has assembled a cybersecurity chart that seeks to lay bare many of the details of the competing cybersecurity bills, including CISPA, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and SECURE IT. While these bills contain many similarities, the … More

    Iran Is Serious About Cyber

    Iran’s fondness for paramilitary and semi-official organizations is nothing new, but a recent report by a private intelligence company has revealed thatIran has multiple paramilitary organizations dedicated to cyberwarfare. These groups include the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iranian Cyber Army, and Basij, a paramilitary militia that helps maintain … More