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The Top Cybersecurity Stories in 2010

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InformationWeek’s roster of the Top 10 Security Stories of 2010 reads like a Who’s Who – or, rather a What’s What – list of the biggest stories in all things cybersecurity.

All the old favorites and even some 2010 upstarts were represented, from continuing debates about the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts to relatively recent headline-grabbers WikiLeaks and Stuxnet.

Debate about the federal government’s cyber efforts reached a fever pitch this year. A July presidential commission report raised the alarm on the chronic shortage of federal cyber pros, calling it a “human capital crisis.”

The Office of Personnel Management provided a capstone to year-long federal cyber efforts, when it announced it was considering adding a cybersecurity employment track for federal employees.

The year also saw the standing up of the U.S. Cyber Command under the direction of Gen. Keith B. Alexander. His House testimony this fall drew attention to the Pentagon’s efforts to protect military networks and the debate over whether to extend protection to private networks.

Cloud computing also made the list, with GSA’s and USDA’s high-profile migrations coming toward the end of the year and debates about cloud security guidelines FedRAMP likely to continue into next year.

In addition to Stuxnet and WikiLeaks, InformationWeek’s recap also identifies “insider threats,” – exploitative IT employees spilling firm secrets and the year’s spate of mergers and acquisitions within the information security realm.

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