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    Israel's Investments in Cyber Defense Pay Off

    Following the start of Israeli air strikes against Hamas, hacker groups, including Anonymous, have declared open season on Israeli cyber defenses. However, Israel has invested heavily in cybersecurity and cyber operations, allowing it to defeat more than 44 million hacking attempts on government websites, losing only one website for about … More

    Wanted: New Spy Chief

    Today, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency resigned. There are few positions in government more vital than the head of the agency with primary responsibility to provide the strategic intelligence Presidents use to inform their most pressing decisions on foreign policy and national security. Further, the agency conducts sensitive … More

    U.S. Can Learn from Canadian Cybersecurity Shortcomings

    In its recently released fall 2012 report, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (AG) outlined several shortcomings in the country’s efforts to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The report provides specific recommendations for information-sharing policies that the U.S .government should use as it tries to develop U.S. … More

    Iranians May Be Doling Out Payback for U.S. Sanctions

    This past week, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center raised the cyber threat level from elevated to high, and warned banks of “recent credible intelligence” of possible cyber attacks to bring down their customer sites. The Financial Sector is constantly under attack, but it is normally from criminals. … More

    Secretary Clinton Declares U.S. and China Equal as Cyber Victims

    During her visit to China, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an inexcusable public declaration. She stated that America and China were both “victims of cyber attacks” and needed to act in partnership. Suggesting moral equivalence between America and China in the cyber realm is as preposterous as Elliot Ness … More

    Newest Hacker Target: Larger Systems That Run Everything Else

    The “systems that control our systems” are now among the most lucrative targets for hackers. Control systems are the computer programs that run and manage other computer programs. They manage water treatment plants, they run the D.C. Metro system, and they run the multitude of systems in hospitals. About a … 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

    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

    When It Comes to Cybersecurity, a Flexible Approach Is Key

    A majority of Americans agree that sharing information on cybersecurity threats is the best way to protect the country’s networks. According to a Washington Post poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans support responsible information sharing, while only 39 percent of Americans support the idea of mandatory regulations. These percentages span party … More

    Wanted: Smart Cybersecurity Solutions

    Think back 20 years ago. What were you doing? Whatever answer you came up with, it probably had nothing to do with the Internet, which was just coming of age. As James Carafano points out in his article in the Washington Examiner today, the discovery a valuable new world brings … More