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Military Cybersecurity Hearing Discusses Cyber Threats, Information Sharing

By Caleb Skeath This past Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on military cybersecurity issues.  The hearing focused on the most pressing cyber threats to the nation’s security, as well as the need to grow the military’s cybersecurity workforce while maintaining high levels of skill and … Continue Reading

House Hearing Scheduled on U.S. Military Cyber Operations

By Caleb Skeath This Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities will hold a hearing on military cybersecurity issues, entitled “Cyber Operations: Improving the Military Cyber Security Posture in an Uncertain Threat Environment.”  The following witnesses are scheduled to testify at the hearing: Navy Adm. Michael Rodgers, Commander, U.S. Cyber … Continue Reading

Bill Restricting the NSA’s Data Collection Practices Blocked in the Senate

By Randall Friedland Yesterday, the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685), a bill aimed at curbing the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) data collection practices, fell two votes short of the 60 votes necessary for cloture in the Senate.  The bill was largely blocked by Senate Republicans who expressed concern that the legislation would harm the government’s … Continue Reading

Obama Administration and House Intelligence Committee Announce Proposals to Reform NSA Bulk Collection Program

After months of debating how to reform the National Security Agency’s bulk telephony metadata program, the Obama administration confirmed on Tuesday that it will ask Congress to pass legislation that restructures the program and ends the government’s practice of retaining bulk phone records. Under the proposal, as described in media reports, the NSA would end … Continue Reading

Justice Department Allows More Transparency on Government Demands for Customer Information in National Security Investigations

By Jim Garland, David Fagan, and Alex Berengaut On January 27, 2014, the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence announced that the U.S. government will allow Internet companies and telecommunications providers to disclose more information about government demands for customer data in national security investigations.  The government’s new transparency policy addresses legal demands served … Continue Reading

Task Force: Phone Companies Should Keep Bulk Metadata Records for NSA

Billions of bulk phone call records used for government surveillance programs should be stored with telecommunications providers rather than with the NSA, according to reports of a proposal from a presidential task forced examining reforms to surveillance authorities.  Recommendations from the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology were presented to the President on Friday,  … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

In his State of the Union message on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he had signed an Executive Order addressing the cybersecurity of  critical infrastructure.  President Obama emphasized that in the face of threats to corporate secrets, the power grid, and financial institutions, among others, “We cannot look back years from now and wonder why … Continue Reading
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