While colleges and universities would love a silver bullet, there is no single technology that can protect them from all data breaches. Instead, data security must use a layered approach, with each technology playing an important role.






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The Presidential Directive that defined roles and responsibilities of Federal agencies in the event of a cyber incident is being applauded as a step in the right direction by private sector cybersecurity companies.






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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released its National Strategic Computing Initiative Strategic Plan, which outlines its effort to improve high-performance computing.






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Members of the public can now use Department of Homeland Security data in order to develop solutions to cyber threats. The Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust (IMPACT) is an online library offering infrastructure and event data.






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The National Security Agency gave Unisys Stealth the National Information Assurance Partnership certification, which means the company has met the standards of more than 20 countries to protect secure information and systems.






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The Department of Health and Human Services announced two cooperative agreement funding opportunities for an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for the health care and public health sector. The goal of the ISAO is to use information sharing as a means to strengthen response to health-related cyber threats.






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The Democratic National Convention, which meets in Philadelphia this week to nominate the party’s presidential candidate, released its party platform that deals with technology issues including broadband, open Internet, privacy, education, and cybersecurity.






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The Republican Party platform, released during the convention in Cleveland that chose Donald Trump as the nominee, explains the party’s views on technology including broadband expansion, net neutrality, cybersecurity, education, and health care.






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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration hosted an industry day to address companies’ questions regarding DHS’s Request for Information regarding mobile threats and defenses.






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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights recently released new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guidance on ransomware.






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The National Security Agency is working on possibly developing software to respond to digital acts of war, NSA Director Adm. Michael S. Rogers said this week at MeriTalk’s Federal Forum in Washington, D.C. That software could help the United States respond to cyber incidents to turn the situation in its favor.






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In 2008, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center invited 16 companies to discuss information sharing and collaboration. Today, the DC3 partners with 400 companies to share information. Maintaining relationships with partner companies was an important subject at the Federal Forum 2016’s panel on Information Sharing and Next-Gen Defense.






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Due to its relatively new and complex nature, there is no straightforward method for categorizing a cyberattack as a digital act of war, according to witnesses at a House Oversight Committee hearing.






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One of the major problems facing the cybersecurity of the nation’s critical infrastructure is a lack of personnel, according to witnesses at both the House Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Both committees held hearings on the security of critical infrastructure in the U.S.






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