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Stuxnet, Game-changing? Think Again, Cyber Expert Says

If you’ve followed cyber news at all in the past six months, you’ve probably heard of Stuxnet, the malicious Internet worm that targeted Iran’s critical infrastructure. And, you’ve probably also heard how Stuxnet was “game-changing,” because of its devastating demonstration of a cyber attack’s potential to wreak havoc on critical …

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Will Net Neutrality be FCC’s Early Christmas Present?

The Federal Communications Commission will likely take up the hot-button issue of net neutrality at its December meeting. Politico reports the meeting, scheduled for Dec. 15, has been pushed back a week to possibly provide more time to consider the agency’s next move on the issue, which would set regulations …

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Federal CTO Chopra Confident of Tech Future

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said the administration will continue to push for important technology policies in the year ahead, even as a potentially intractable Congress takes the reins. “In an ironic way, perhaps the technology and innovation agenda might actually get a more prominent role in the coming …

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Agencies Must Think ‘Cloud-first,’ Zients Says

Coming hot on the heels of the administration’s announcement of a new approach to federal IT procurement, officials also announced a new “cloud-first” strategy, which some observers see as the administration’s most significant stamp of approval yet on web-based computing. Speaking at the Northern Virginia Technology Council on Nov. 19, …

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Report: Commerce Dept. Cybersecurity is Inadequate

Intellectual property crime in the cyber age has long been a concern, with one notable estimate putting the loss by American business at $1 trillion. However, a new report by the Commerce Department’s inspector general suggests the agency tasked with promoting economic growth needs to secure its own networks as …

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DHS 24-hour Cyber Warning Center Goes Live

The Department of Homeland Security launched a new 24-hour watch and warning center focused on combating the increasingly 24/7 cybersecurity threat. DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Brown joined White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and representatives of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center on Nov. 18 to launch the …

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GAO Report: Electronic Health Records Improve Care

The Government Accountability Office has put its stamp of approval on claims that electronic health records can actually improve the quality of healthcare. The GAO report studied integrated delivery systems that have implemented the use of electronic medical records. Those systems studied said that using EHRs increased the availability of …

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Kundra, Carper and Streufert Take Home Top Cyber Honors for Work on ‘Continous Monitoring’

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and State Department Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert were awarded the National Cyber Security Leadership Award by the SANS Institute. Carper, Kundra and Streufert were selected by the information security training organization and think tank for their efforts to …

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