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3/27/2012: White House Cyber Priorities, Stolen Military Passwords, and More

3/27/2012: White House Cyber Priorities, Stolen Military Passwords, and More

  • Obama Administration Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt outlined priorities for agencies to secure federal IT systems. Goals include 95 percent utilization of critical administration cybersecurity capabilities on IT systems, continuous monitoring, and strong authentication. More here.
  • Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley called cybersecurity as a priority at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition. More here.
  • Due to a lack of policy, legal red tape, and a lack of personnel skilled in offensive cyber, U.S. Cyber Command is still unable to retaliate to cyber attacks. More here.
  • The General Accountability Office went undercover to see how prevalent counterfeit military electronics were online and found numerous questionable goods as well as offers for several components that don’t actually exist. More here.
  • House Republicans introduced a cybersecurity bill that would encourage sharing cyber threat information with measures like protection from lawsuits. More here.
  • Hackers stole passwords, e-mail addresses, and other information from nearly 171,000 accounts on a military dating site. More here.
  • The US Federal Trade Commission issued a report on privacy and tracking best practices. More here.