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China Criticizes New US IT Purchasing Law

China’s government is speaking out against a new law requiring some U.S. federal agencies to obtain approval from law enforcement before buying information technology products made in China, Reuters reports. Citing state media, Megha Rajagopalan writes that a Chinese commerce ministry spokesman claimed the bill is unfair to China-based enterprises …

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New CR Requires FBI Involvement in China IT Buys

U.S. government entities cannot acquire information technology equipment from companies owned or subsidized by China’s government without consulting the FBI first, Information Week reports. J. Nicholas Hoover writes Congress included the provision in the continuing resolution out of concerns over potential hackings and other risks posed by technology made by …

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OMB: 19% of 2012 Cyber Incidents From Internal Violations

The Office of Management and Budget has found that 19 percent of reported cybersecurity incidents in fiscal year 2012 agencies came from internal policy violations, GovWin reports. OMB also found that 18 percent of federal incident reports involve malicious codes; 16 percent cover lost or stolen equipment; and 6 percent …

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Christopher Painter: World Needs Cyber Conduct Standards

Christopher Painter, the State Department‘s coordinator for cyber issues, has called for international standards to govern cyber conduct and said what could be acceptable to some may not be so for the majority. According to Fierce Government IT, Painter told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Thursday he believes the …

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Pentagon Retaining Multivendor Mobile Device Strategy

The Defense Department is denying a report that it will replace all of its current mobile devices with 650,000 Apple iOS devices, GCN reports. Technology website Electronista reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon planned to buy the iOS devices and eliminate Blackberry devices after sequestration concludes. In response, Lt. Col. …

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House Oversight Panel OKs Updated FISMA Bill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to update a law governing information technology security at federal agencies, Fierce Government IT reports. David Perera writes the amended Federal Information Security Management Act would place the Office of Management and Budget in charge of agency …

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