1. Apple, Google and massive alliance tell Obama not to weaken encryption, introduce ‘backdoors’
More than 140 civil society organizations, companies, trade associations and security and policy experts urged President Obama in a May 19 letter to promote rather than undercut data encryption technology and reject the notion of “backdoors” that would give governments access to people’s information.
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2. Pentagon Kills $475M Cyber Contract
Cyber Command has called off a sweeping solicitation that would have outsourced support for cyberspying and network attacks against foreigners, as well as the defense of military networks. As of Friday afternoon, there were few details on why the five-year-old command, which is racing to staff up, revoked an April 30 request for proposals from contractors. The jobs were worth up to $475 million over five years.
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3. Private sector not sharing as much cybersecurity info as feds want, experts say
The federal government wants a better line of sight into cyber incidents and breaches within the commercial sector, but many American companies shy away from formally sharing such information with agencies, a panel of federal experts said at a May 20 forum in Washington, D.C.
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4. Facebook for Government
Steve Kelman shares what he has learned from “The Government’s Guide to Using Facebook,” published by GovLoop and Facebook. Kelman explains in a two-part blog post, “One of the big benefits of Facebook for government – like hackathons, which I discussed in a recent blog post – is the very fact that they represent a different way for the government to do its business, and thus mix things up inside an agency in what I think is a generally very positive way.”
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5. NIST’s Dodson drives to change cybersecurity thinking
Donna Dodson, who heads the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, wants computer scientists and engineers to approach cybersecurity the same way car designers approach a vehicle’s steering wheel. During a cybersecurity summit Wednesday, Dodson explained, “All sorts of people are thinking about usability and how people and systems interact…” and “It’s time for us to be thinking about that too in cybersecurity.”
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“One thing I always ask organizations — be they businesses, government, whatever — is, what will put you out of the business?” asked Lisa Bodell, keynote speaker at the 2015 Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Md. “For government that is, what will make it so Congress will no longer fund you? And once you answer that question, the key is, how do you set up your organization to find the solution?”
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7. ‘Black Cloud’ darkens the enterprise to all but authorized devices
The Internet has a fundamental problem with security that’s a part of its very DNA. And if things stay as they are, that problem — and Internet security — can only get worse. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and its industry partners intend to change that.
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