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    Cyber Failures in Obamacare Exchanges: Dangerous to Your Wallet and Privacy

    Yesterday marked the grand opening of the new Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, and the rollout did not go smoothly. Even more worrying is that these website errors are only the tip of the iceberg. Just a few weeks ago, Members of Congress and several experts challenged the Department of Health … More

    “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms

    Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector. The NIST framework is … More

    Syria and Iran Could Retaliate with Cyber Attacks

    With the U.S. and allies actively considering military action against the Syrian regime for reportedly using chemical weapons, the U.S. cannot ignore the possibility that Syria, and its ally Iran, will strike back at the U.S. with cyber weapons. Reuters is reporting that if the U.S. does intervene in Syria, … More

    Cybersecurity: Snazzy New Chief, Same Old Regulations

    On Monday morning, President Obama appointed Phyllis Schneck, a vice president at the cybersecurity firm McAfee, as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At first glance the appointment of a private-sector expert seems like it could improve DHS’s approach to cybersecurity. Real … More

    Hacker Ring Taken Down

    Last week, prosecutors announced charges against four Russians and one Ukrainian for what is being called the largest-known hacking and data theft operation to be prosecuted in the U.S. The hackers are accused of several high-profile hacks over the past six years that netted them over 160 million credit and … More

    Confronting Chinese Cyber Espionage

    The U.S. and China opened high-level security and economic discussions last week in Washington, and critical cybersecurity concerns are on the agenda. The Administration’s diplomatic efforts on cybersecurity, however, have so far failed to deter aggressive Chinese cyber attacks against the U.S. public and private sectors. Over the past year, … More

    Edward Snowden Dodges Cybersecurity Regulations

    Edward Snowden, the leaker of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, was reportedly able to smuggle thousands of classified documents out of the NSA simply with thumb drives. Despite the NSA’s secret and powerful security measures, Snowden later arrived in Hong Kong with four laptops containing classified information. Three … More

    The U.S.–Russia Cybersecurity Pact: Just Paper

    The U.S. and Russia announced the completion of a joint cybersecurity agreement, two years in the making, intended to promote international peace and security and improve cyber relations between the two countries. The agreement, however, amounts to little more than a piece of paper, as such policies will scarcely improve … More

    Cybersecurity: Homeland Security Follies

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just found out that it had a cybersecurity vulnerability for the past four years that could have led to personally identifiable information being stolen by hackers. If the government, and specifically DHS, can’t administer its existing cyber standards, then there is no reason to … More

    Chinese Hackers Compromise U.S. Weapons Systems

    The Washington Post is reporting that the designs for many of the U.S.’s “most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers.” While the U.S. has started to increase its pressure on China, it is a dollar short and a day late. Rather than allow state-sponsored hackers to … More