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Cyber Deterrence “At Scale”

This week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse called for the creation of a cybersecurity “militia” to strengthen US defense. He suggested reexamining a “militia model that lets ordinary citizens come to their country's aid". Whitehouse’s remarks represent a growing focus on exploring mechanisms to incorporate civilian involvement and “active defense” into traditional government activities.


The OPM Data Breach: Raising All Sorts of Government Enforcement and Privacy Protection Questions

Reports that China (most likely) has breached Office of Personnel Management (OPM) systems and stolen personal information (PI) of over four million current and/or former federal employees raises all sorts of questions regarding the government’s responsibilities to protect PI it has in its possession; the government’s enforcement against the private sector for failing to prevent similar losses of information; and setting appropriate priorities across branches of government for protecting privacy.

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