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Obama Pushes for Cybersecurity Act, Alleged Amazon Hacker Arrested, and More

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July 20, 2012
Cyber Security
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Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • President Obama urged lawmakers to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that would create a public-private partnership to set cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure. More here.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau plans to launch an economic statistics app for iPhone and Android devices and is streaming data  through an application programming interface so others can create their own marketable statistical applications. More here.
  • Federal law enforcement arrested a Russian man in Cyprus accused of  launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against Amazon.com. More here.
  • Senate Homeland Security Committee leaders Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins introduced a revised version of their cybersecurity bill with a number of bipartisan compromises. More here.
  • The Government Accountability Office reports that amid efforts to consolidate data centers and, despite the September 2011 deadline, 21 out of 24 agencies still haven’t inventoried their data centers. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team has advised critical infrastructure providers to preserve data before going after the attacker. More here.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is considering providing contractors and  state and local law enforcement officers with virtual desktops rather than physical computers to cut costs. More here.

This post by was first published at CTOvision.com.

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