House committee passes bill to reorganize DHS cyber office

The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would rename and reorganize the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protectorate and Programs Directorate. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency Act of 2016 changes NPPD to the Cybersecurity and Information Protection Agency, run by a director of national cybersecurity who would oversee four divisions dedicated to…

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International cyber conference CyCon in Tallinn

The eighth International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2016) took place from 1-3 June in Tallinn, focusing on the theme of cyber power and how the traditional concept of power applies to cyberspace. The conference is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and it hosts over 500 decision makers and experts…

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Untangling China’s Cybersecurity Laws

China has drafted several security laws over the past year that tighten regulation over suppliers of technological equipment and services. Chinese officials say the measures are necessary to national security, allowing them to verify that critical equipment isn’t vulnerable to hacking and to help them track down criminals and fight terrorism. But the rules have…

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Defining a Cyber Act of War

The federal government has a fundamental responsibility to provide for the nation’s defense. Until recently, the government has fulfilled that role almost exclusively through nuclear deterrence and conventional military forces. But a new type of warfare—in cyberspace—is emerging as a top threat to America. In recent years, foreign actors have used sophisticated technologies to acquire…

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