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Obama unveils new cybersecurity order with the same old problems

What can a president do to fix bad corporate security? It’s become an increasingly important question for President Obama, as his administration looks to respond to the growing tide of corporate breaches, from the Sony hack in November to this month’s Anthem breach. But so far the answer seems to be, not much.

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US creates centralized cybersecurity agency following Sony attack

The White House today will announce the creation of a new agency tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis, the Washington Post reports. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be formally unveiled at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC later today. The unit will be created as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and will start off with a staff of about 50 people and a budget of $ 35 million, officials tell the Post.

The idea is to apply lessons learned after the September 11th terrorist attacks — which were blamed, in part, on intelligence failures — to the realm of cybersecurity. The new agency will be structured like the…

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China and US to begin first high-level meetings on cybersecurity and industrial espionage

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After months of political back-and-forth, top-level officials from US and China will meet next month to discuss agreements on cybersecurity and industrial espionage, reports The New York Times. The talks mark the first diplomatic push to resolve tensions since the issue of Chinese cyberattacks on American media and infrastructure targets first came to the fore earlier this year.

After months of reports of hacking from major US newspapers, a February report from security agency Mandiant showed evidence that a spate of attacks against US targets could be traced back to a People’s Liberation Army building in Shanghai. For its part, China has staunchly denied any role in the attacks, pointing to US cyberattacks on its own military…

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Obama will reportedly introduce cybersecurity executive order in wake of recent attacks

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Bloomberg is reporting that the White House plans to introduce an executive order on cybersecurity sometime after next week’s State of the Union address. The order, which has been in the works for months at this point, would arrive after several high-profile attacks have highlighted the threat posed by online attacks. Just last week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times revealed they’d been the victims of attacks — thought to have originated in China — while Twitter announced it could have had as many as 250,000 user accounts compromised.

According to the report, the order will set up a set of voluntary cybersecurity standards that companies operating important US infrastructure will be able to participate in. Federal…

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Careless health care cybersecurity puts patient info at risk, says Washington Post

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A new report from The Washington Post says that while the US health care industry might have some of the country’s most sensitive personal information, failure to use rudimentary safeguards like disk encryption and password protection means it has some of the worst information security — “about like retail,” according to a government IT security specialist. “It is an industry with the least regard, understanding and respect for IT security of any I’ve seen,” said Johns Hopkins researcher Avi Rubin.

“It was possible to hack a secure drug-dispensing cabinet from a web browser.”

While hospitals might not provide the same juicy target for hackers as financial institutions, the array of personal information in patients’…

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