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DHS: Government Should Play Largely ‘Facilitative’ Role in Cybersecurity

As the cybersecurity landscape is populated by numerous stakeholders, including internet service providers, consumers and government agencies, the U.S. government has adopted a “facilitative role”, rather than an authoritative role, in developing a national battle plan against cyber attacks. That is according to Bruce McConnell, senior counselor and director of cyber strategy …

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LightSquared Threatens Court Date if FCC Blocks Network

LightSquared, the Reston, Va.-based company that has proposed to build a national broadband wireless network, said Monday it may take legal action if the Federal Communications Commission denies it permission to build the network. The FCC has said it will not approve the LightSquared network unless well-documented GPS interference problems …

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Defense Names Eric Rosenbach New Cyber Chief

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently announced the appointment of Eric B. Rosenbach as the DoD’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy. Resenbach, a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, previously served as principal global cyber security practice lead for Good Harbor …

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GSA Social Media Sites Have Security Flaws

The General Services Administration has made use of social media tools to build a more collaborative government, however, a GSA Inspector General report dated Sept. 28 found security flaws in the agency’s social media websites. In fact, in reviewing GSA’s IT Security Program, the auditors said that two of the …

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Hacking Attempts on Fed Agencies Up 650 Percent in Five Years

Hacking attempts on federal agencies have increased 650 percent in the past five years, leaving sensitive data greatly at risk for theft and compromise, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. In its report, “Information Security: Weaknesses Continue Amid New Federal Efforts to Implement Requirements,” GAO blamed weak …

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Federal Reserve Seeks to Study Facebook, Twitter Posts

The Federal Reserve System is soliciting proposals from developers for a tool that can monitor and analyze comments on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In the Fed’s “Request for Proposal for a Sentiment Analysis and Social Media Monitoring Solution,” it said it is seeking a Sentiment Analysis …

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