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Gov’t Cyber Certification Board Sparks Controversy

Cyber observers agree there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the federal government, but two recent competing reports cannot agree on a solution for the problem. An overwhelming majority of cybersecurity professionals polled by (ISC)2, an IT and security certification group, oppose a government-run board of examiners to oversee …

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Cyber Expert Hathaway Presses for Public-Private Partnerships

Former White House cyber guru Melissa Hathaway, who most recently called on Congress to take action on key cybersecurity initiatives, spoke before the American National Standards Institute about continuing cyber developments. Hathaway, who is the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and is also a senior adviser at Harvard Kennedy School’s …

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Gates Wants ‘Better Protections for both .Gov and .Com’

Speaking at a meeting of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the recent partnership between the Department of Homeland Security, a civilian agency, and the Defense Department’s National Security Agency would lead to better Internet security. Gates said his hope is that the partnership, …

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Federal Travelers Think Green with GSA Web Tool

Workers in federal agencies who travel frequently are increasingly checking the web before hitting the road. But it’s not to confirm flights or check traffic. According to a report in Federal Times, agencies are using a new web-based tool from the General Services Administration that allows travel managers to pick …

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Obama Admin. Wants Internet-privacy Watchdog

The Wall Street Journal reports the Obama administration will announce a new “stepped-up” strategy for dealing with online privacy, including a privacy watchdog, when the Commerce Department releases a new report in the coming weeks. The news comes just a few weeks after the White House announced the creation of …

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Key Staff Changes at FCC

The game of musical chairs at the Federal Communications Commission continued this week as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced key staff changes. First up, Genachowski named Sarah Whitesell to the media bureau as deputy chief. In Whitesell’s new role, she will take the lead in helping to create the bureau’s …

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