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    7 Steps to Solve Congressional Cyber Stalemate

    Congress is back in session and “ready” to tackle cybersecurity. Regrettably, some in Congress are again proposing 19th century–style legislative solutions to this ultimately 21st-century problem. Let’s hope they think it through this time before offering the same failed ideas. Over the past several months, the world has witnessed a … More

    Morning Bell: Keeping Americans Safe Online

    Everything we do is online. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft or an email phishing scam, you know how quickly your personal data can be stolen or threatened. It’s important to know the difference between types of cyber threats and the right approach to fighting them. There are … More

    One Step on Cyber Espionage: Reform the Foreign Investment Process

    Japanese telecommunications company Softbank wants to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion. One barrier to the deal is unusual: Softbank and Sprint are being pushed to spurn equipment made by specific Chinese companies, due to cyber espionage fears. The fear is reasonable but the way the deal is being … More

    Internet Hit by Largest Cyber Attack Yet

    This week, the largest cyber attack to date hit the Internet. Spamhaus, an anti-spam company, placed Cyberbunker on their black-list of spam generating companies. Cyberbunker quickly retaliated with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which essentially overwhelms a system with requests. The initial attack failed to overwhelm Spamhaus and … More

    North Korea Ups the Ante with Cyber Attack

    On Tuesday, several South Korean banks and television broadcasters were taken offline due to a “pretty massive” cyber attack. For the most part these attacks were just a nuisance, temporarily cutting off online access to bank accounts and freezing TV station computers, though not interfering with any broadcasts. Most signs … More

    From Chemical Security to Cyber: Regulation Still Not the Answer

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Thursday on the progress made in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program over the past six months. CFATS was once considered a great success in security and government regulations. In late 2011, however, a leaked Department of … More

    Cloakroom: Battle of the Budgets, Round 1

    House Cloakroom: March 11 – March 15 Analysis:  This week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his 2014 budget resolution for markup in committee. The Ryan budget is expected offer a path to balance in 10 years and include a full repeal of Obamacare as well as a … More

    Chinese Cyber Attacks: Take Off the Kid Gloves

    Last week, Mandiant, a private company, released a report that identified a specific bureau of China’s military as responsible for hacking massive amounts of data over the past seven years, mostly from the U.S. Yet, the Obama Administration has been actively trying to avoid embarrassing China for fear of repercussions. … More

    Sequestration Cuts the DHS Off at the Knees

    Last week, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining what they believe the consequences of sequestration will be if it goes into effect. Following its release, Homeland Security Today published an article highlighting the report’s findings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) specifically. In short, the … More

    Cybersecurity Executive Order Is a Mistake Every Way You Look at It

    President Obama plans to issue his cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, following his State of the Union address, according to The Hill. Based on drafts circulating several months ago, the executive order is likely to be highly flawed in its efforts to impose regulations on the dynamic cyber realm. In … More