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September 9, 2016

The U.S. Government Just Appointed Its First Cybersecurity Chief

The White House has appointed the first ever Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), a position that will look to improve the cybersecurity infrastructure and defenses of the United States.

At a time when data breaches and cyberattacks make everyday headlines, the attention garnered by cybersecurity has never been higher.

In February 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a sweeping Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) in an effort to improve the cybersecurity posture across the country as well as the Federal government. To further underline the increased prioritization of the cyber-defense posture Obama’s budget proposal for 2017 to Congress is [...]

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September 23, 2015

Chinese President Flatly Denies State-Sponsored Hacking Claims

Chinese President Xi Jinping has flatly denied claims that China is actively engaging in hacking U.S. corporations, government institutions and other installations and is offering to open a dialogue on cybersecurity with the U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, currently in his first ever state visit to the U.S., has wasted no time in addressing the elephant in the room – cybersecurity.

In a comprehensive interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Xi Jinping was precise with his words when addressing cybersecurity.

The Chinese government does not engage in theft of commercial secrets in any form, nor does it encourage or support Chinese companies to engage [...]

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September 15, 2015

U.S. Holding Back on Cyber Sanctions against China before President Xi’s Visit

According to a U.S. official, there are no plans to impose sanctions on China by the United States ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit next week.

A senior U.S. administration official with insider White House knowledge, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed there are no plans by the White House to impose sanctions on China over multiple cyber attacks targeting the U.S. economy and other related installations, reports The Washington Post.

The reason, according to the official is simple. Diplomacy.

The White House is supposedly keen to avoid any potential disagreements before a landmark visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Quite simply, any [...]

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July 30, 2015

White House Responds to Edward Snowden Petition

More than a 165,000 people signed a petition asking for Edward Snowden to be pardoned. A White House official responded to the petition recently, saying that the Snowden advocates forgot crucial elements of what he had done. According to Lisa Monaco, Snowden did not illuminate us all about the sinister elements at work within our government. Rather, he was a security problem from the beginning. From her response:

Mr. Snowden’s dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it. […] If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, [...]

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