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PODCAST: Check Point Software joins intelligence sharing alliance

By Byron V. Acohido Barack Obama’s clarion call for wider sharing of threat intelligence is being heeded by a handful of top cybersecurity vendors. I was in the audience at Stanford University in 2015 when President Obama signed a milestone executive order urging the corporate sector to dramatically advance the sharing of cyber attack intelligence […]

President Obama calls for sweeping new consumer privacy protections

By Byron V. Acohido The White House has taken another step toward framing President Obama as the “privacy president.”  But it remains to be seen how assertively his administration will actually champion consumers’ rights in an age of unprecedented digital privacy invasion. In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission today, President Obama stated the obvious: Identity […]

Spying reforms seek to balance privacy, security

SEATTLE – President Obama this morning left all the major stakeholders tracking the debate over government spying slightly dissatisfied. Given the complexity of the issues, some observers credited Obama for doing a commendable job of attempting to delicately balance privacy and national security. “The public needs to understand that it’s a moving target given the […]

Syria’s cyber retaliation signals new era of warfare

The latest disruption to U.S. media outlets dealt out by the Syrian Electronic Army may be a precursor for warfare in the digital age. One aspect of the frontal assault that ought not be overlooked is the timing: The SEA, which supports strongman President Bashar al-Assad, knocked down websites of the New York Times, Huffington […]

Tech giants ask Obama to help save cloud computing

SEATTLE – Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing escapades could seriously undermine the growth of cloud computing and thus stifle the growth models for America’s biggest tech companies. And that appears to be the reason why Apple CEO Tim Cook, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Google computer scientist Vint Cerf and other tech executives met behind closed doors with […]

Obama moves to counter CEOs resistance to cybersecurity rules

SEATTLE — How do you get busy chief executives from a cross section of industry giants into one room, on short notice, to discuss cybersecurity? Have the U.S. Justice department disclose data theft of top celebrities, assign two top U.S. security officials to testify before Congress about rising cyber threats – and then ask the […]

Cybersecurity experts react positively to executive order

With the ink barely dry on President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order, White House staff issued reactions from the security and privacy community, and response continues to reverberate this morning. Below are excerpts. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush and Chairman of the Chertoff Group: “Today the President has taken a […]