White House Tightens Security for Web Access

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On Monday, 8 June 2015, Tony Scott, Chief Information Officer for President Obama, issued a memorandum that requires all federal websites and services to switch to HTTPS, a more secure method of connection than plain HTTP, by December 31, 2016.  This change means all traffic is treated as sensitive, rather than leaving it up to web […]

CTIIC to be a useful agency: Issues addressed by Former Intelligence Community Technology Leaders

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Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues facing organizations today. It is so important that President Obama addressed it 20 January during his State of the Union address. The President talked about the urgent need to ensure that “no foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade […]

The Technology Related Content of the President’s State of the Union Address (software developers/coders mentioned for first time in any SOTU)

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The 2015 State of the Union address was full of technology related content. Here are key takeaways from the perspective of a CTO: The President showed respect for something many American’s may not have heard of, but you dear readers know very well: Coding! In the context of education he remarked that “we’re connecting community […]

State Department Hacked By High End Adversary: Shuts Down E-mail

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared on our “Threat Brief” site, home of the daily Threat Brief. -bg The U.S. Department of State is considered by many to be one of the front runners in terms of automating IT. Their approach at implementing the community-coordinated consensus audit guidelines have been laudatory and positive. Their work […]

Another Wave of Protest for Net Neutrality

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Open Internet advocates have hatched another plan to engage millions of Internet users over the issue of Net Neutrality. In order to raise awareness of the debate, those passionate about the issue have already initiated Kickstarter campaigns, performed comedic routines, and have introduced open competitions to rebrand the term Net Neutrality. These advocates are not […]

Congrats, And Thanks, To Megan Smith U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray Deputy U.S. CTO

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Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and  Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), posted an announcement on the White House blog today naming Megan Smith as U.S. CTO (succeeding Todd Park) and Alexander […]