Cybersecurity Questions Anderson Cooper And Megyn Kelly Should Ask The Presidential Candidates

November 13, 2015

Steve Morgan

In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

Here’s a call out to Cooper and Kelly – two the most popular media figures covering the Republican and Democratic front runners: Get the candidates talking about cybersecurity.

To date, the entire field of candidates and the media have been strangely quiet on the topic of cybersecurity. We should not forget that whoever is elected President is also our Commander-In-Chief and the supreme leader of our country’s armed forces… and that includes our cyber military.

What does Ben Carson and Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field have to say about cybersecurity? Jeb Bush has been the most vocal Republican candidate on the topic of cyber, but that has mainly been a few carefully crafted blogs – and not much in the way of answering tough questions from the media.

How about Hillary Clinton? Does the ServerGate scandal become a higher hurdle to clear if she has to answer tough questions about cybersecurity in the context of defending our nation against hostile nation states including China and Russia?

All of the major issues are out in the open and the candidates have been questioned over and over on them during the televised debates and in media interviews. The economy, taxes, healthcare, education, abortion, our military, foreign affairs – you know the issues.

Baker—speaking at the Advanced Cyber Security Center conference and flanked by crypto luminary Susan Landau of Worcester Polytech Institute and Eric Wenger, director of cybersecurity and privacy, global government affairs at Cisco—made the case that encryption hampers law enforcement investigations on a local level and surveillance efforts on national security and terrorism fronts.

The other side argues that, especially post-Snowden and the endless run of evidence of the National Security Agency’s overreach on surveillance and deliberate efforts to weaken cryptographic standards, that encryption remains the best defense against government surveillance and advanced attackers targeting intellectual property. Asking Silicon Valley for help in solving Going Dark, for example, seems to be an unlikely proposition.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

The Going Dark encryption debate surfaced again on Wednesday at a small security conference here, and as in previous iterations before larger technical audiences and even Congress, the issue continues to spin on a hamster wheel going nowhere.

This time the notable dignitary stumping for so-called exceptional access was FBI general counsel James Baker, and not director James Comey, reiterating that technology companies should find an answer to law enforcement’s problem of unlocking encrypted devices.

- See more at: https://threatpost.com/same-rhetoric-permeates-going-dark-encryption-debate/115271/#sthash.xiqF58Va.dpuf

 

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SBA Unveils Small Business Cybersecurity Tools
Credit: Mark Van Scyoc

In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses.

In the wake of high-profile data breaches, many businesses are eager to implement a more robust cybersecurity strategy. The SBA's cybersecurity page, launched earlier this month during the "Cybersecurity at Work" week, offers advice and tools for small business owners who are seeking to better protect both their own data and their customers' data. In 2013, 44 percent of the 800 small business owners surveyed reported having experienced a cyberattack that resulted in an average cost of nearly $9,000, according to a report by the National Small Business Association.

"Cybersecurity is one of our nation's most pressing national security priorities, and America's 28 million small businesses, which create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S., are especially at risk," SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said in a statement announcing the Web page. "Small employers are quickly becoming a larger target for criminals looking to access sensitive data because small businesses typically have limited resources for information systems security. In an effort to combat cyberattacks against small businesses, the SBA's online tools will help employers identify information security vulnerabilities that put their companies at risk."

- See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf
In honor of October's designation as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled a new Web page dedicated to promoting cybersecurity for small businesses. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8491-sba-unveils-small-business-cybersecurity-tools.html#sthash.HVndjn45.dpuf