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White House Cybersecurity Czar Highlights Escalation Paths for Cyberdefense, Highlights ‘Risk-Management’

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ASPEN, August 17, 2015 – The Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen 2015 Forum opened here on Sunday night with a focus on the increasing prominence that cybersecurity threats play in core national defense matters.

“A greater and greater percentage of the president’s daily briefings is taken up with cybersecurity threats,” said Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, speaking at the mountain resort here in a question-and-answer session with Alan Raul, a partner and global coordinator for privacy and data security with the law firm of Sidley Austin.

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Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Czar, and Alan Raul, at Aspen.

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AT&T Settles with FCC for $25 Million in Landmark Privacy and Data Breach Agreement

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Cattanach_Robert (640x427)Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a $25 million settlement with AT&T for data breaches including  the releasing of thousands of customer records, including names, phone numbers and some Social Security numbers.

BroadbandBreakfast.com welcomes commentaries and opinions on this and other subjects from a multitude of viewpoints.

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2015 – The FCC’s settlement with AT&T sets another benchmark for data breach enforcement, with several important developments.

First, it demonstrates the continuing encroachment of the FCC into areas once thought to be the exclusive domain of the FTC.  This is a classic data breach enforcement action that typically would have been prosecuted by the FTC until most recently. […]

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Speaking at Federal Trade Commission, Obama Urges Internet Privacy Legislation for Consumers and Students

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WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that his administration would push for two new pieces of federal internet privacy legislation, one pertaining to consumers and one pertaining to students. He also announced that the Department of Education would offer new tools to help students and teacher help protect their privacy.…

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Broadband Roundup: China’s Tit-for-Tat with America on Cybercrime; FCC Chairman Wheeler Discusses Next-Generation Internet Networks

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WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 – In what appears to be a tit-for-tat on the United States Justice Department’s indictments last week for cybercrime, China has accused the United States of spying on government officials, businesses and mobile phone users, reported the BBC News. “As a superpower, the United States takes advantage of its political, economic,…

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Broadband Roundup: House Passes USA Freedom Act to Rein in NSA, But Key Civil Liberties Groups Defect

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Thursday in a 303 to 121 vote, according to Ars Technica, instituting changes to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records. The goal is to end the practice of gathering records of meta-data about the individuals to which and…

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FBI Director Testifies On Cybersecurity, Says Agency Can Balance National Security and Civil Liberties

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – At the Senate Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing on the FBI on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey faced scrutiny over the agency’s ability to balance national security and civil liberties in light of technological advancements. Among issues discussed were cyber threats and surveillance programs that acquire data on a massive scale.…

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Broadband Roundup: Germany Rebuffs Surveillance for Repression, Wearable Technology in the Body and Cyber-Attacks

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WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 – ABC News reported that Germany plans to limit their exports of surveillance technology to states “that fail to respect their human rights.” The action is a response to recent allegations made against intelligence agencies, claiming that surveillance programs have been unwarranted and non-transparent. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he wanted to keep…

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Bringing Moore’s Law Off the Desktop and Into the Cloud By Intel CEO at Consumer Electronics Show

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LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2014 – Just six months on the job, the new CEO of Silicon Valley computing giant Intel came to the International Consumer Electronics Show here to hail the power of tiny.

“Most of my career, computing has been something that you hold in your hand, in your pocket, or that sits on a desk,” said CEO Brian Krzanich. “That idea is about to be transformed.”

“We are entering this tiny world,” he said, referring to the Intel Tri-Gate three-dimensional 22 nanometer transistor, and “tiny could not be better.” Future advances toward 14 nanometer transistors are in the works, he said.

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Utah Poised to Be First State With Large-Scale Gigabit Networks: Speakers at Utah Broadband Summit

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PROVO, Utah, October 28, 2013 – The prospect and reality of Gigabit Networks throughout the country, beginning in Utah, are “creating bigger surface areas for the mind,” the chief technology officer of US IGNITE said here on Thursday. Speaking at the Utah Broadband Summit here in Provo — selected a Gigabit city six months ago…

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Panel Analyzes Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Computing for Government Agencies

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – A panel of experts discussed the potential for the use of cloud computing by federal agencies at an event held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Wednesday morning. The security of cloud computing was a primary concern for many of the panelists. Matt Wood, General Manager of Data…

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