Policy


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Some inconvenient shutdown truths

Do the shutdown politics and Healthcare.gov coverage make your head spin? Alan Balutis offers a reality check.

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Dissension in the ranks?

Schmidt: Congress' inability to pass legislation that would better define agencies' cybersecurity roles should not be a serious problem, despite a tug of war over who is in charge.

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Cybersecurity: Whom do you trust?

In cybersecurity, where trust is one of the most fundamental pieces in securing and defending networks, many are wondering if the government should rely so heavily on contractors.

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Is there a cybersecurity workforce crisis?

The federal government will need 10,000 cybersecurity experts in the near future. But striking the right balance is more complicated than simply recruiting and hiring new employees.

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TechAmerica forecasts steep cuts in federal IT spending

Industry group sees little hope of any market uptick for at least five years.

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How to reuse, repurpose and recycle IT

The Defense Department is learning that older hardware, no longer able to perform its original functions and destined for the scrap heap, can often be put to another use.

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The future of global cyber policies

As the world increasingly relies on the Internet as part of critical infrastructure, policies to govern cyberspace are beginning to emerge in numerous countries. A Brookings Institution report illuminates and analyzes them, with an eye toward their effects on the broader globalized Internet society.

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IBM seeks stay on court's ruling over CIA contract

IBM wants to ensure AWS's latest triumph in the battle to build the CIA's cloud platform is short-lived.

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Bill would rein in NSA's bulk data collection

Proposed restrictions are expressly intended to cramp the NSA's practice of assembling and analyzing metadata on Americans.

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Cybersecurity's secret sauce: audits?

While a 'checklist' approach to cybersecurity is not effective, audits and compliance can be a tool for improvement.

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House passes bill to keep paychecks coming

White House threatens to veto measure that would pay essential employees during shutdown.

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AWS can resume CIA cloud project

Although IBM plans to appeal a judge's ruling, Amazon Web Services is ready to go back to work.