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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

07 Sep 12. White House Drafting Standards to Guard U.S. against Cyberattack, Officials Say. The White House has drafted a preliminary executive order aimed at strengthening the nation’s computer systems against attack, an effort to begin to accomplish through fiat what could not be achieved through Congress. The draft order, whose contours are being debated, would create voluntary standards to guide companies in guarding themselves against cyberattacks, according to administration officials. It would also establish a special council made up of key government agencies to identify threats that could compromise critical sectors. (Source: glstrade.com/Washington Times)

06 Sep 12. Security or Access? New DISA Strategy Seeks to Strike Balance. The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to kick down a lot of existing security boundaries so that commanders can work together efficiently without having their email, video and text messaging hung up in a thicket of contradictory security requirements. But increasing access to classified command networks calls for some tradeoffs between security and utility, Anthony Montemarano, DISA’s director for strategic planning told AOL Defense. To meet its goals and protect military networks, DISA, is working with Cyber Command to share information and develop tactics and policies to respond quickly to cyber attacks. The agency is also working closely with the NSA on security technologies such as encryption for mobile devices, Montemarano said. (Source: glstrade.com/Aol Defense.com)

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