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blackberry-10-sign-bgrHere are the top cyber news and stories of the world.

  • BlackBerry signs up security firm to screen third party apps – BlackBerry has signed a contract with Trend Micro to screen all their App World submissions. This is a solid move, to further enhance BlackBerry’s reputation for security. While no app screening is perfect, it does provide value add. Via Mobile News UK, more here.
  • Government/Industry Collaboration Delivers Improved Levels of Security, Performance, and Cost Savings for Mission-Critical Applications (WHITE PAPER) – The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently released a white paper on SecureView collaboration with Intel and Citrix. “”Client strategies for the U.S. Government must be affordable and readily deployable while meeting the most stringent requirements for data security and operational efficiency.  At the request of a customer, AFRL engaged with Intel and Citrix to create SecureView, a solution that expands on capabilities in Citrix XenClient* and 2nd- and 3rd-generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 vPro™ processors to meet these requirements.”" Via FedScoop, more here.
  • Does cloud-based EHR increase health data security? – Like it or not, electronic health records are the new wave, implementation and integration are the next problem. Concerns of privacy and security plague EHR implementation, but cloud-based EHR could help deal with some of these problems. Via EHR Intelligence, more here.
  • Department of Energy hit by ‘sophisticated’ cyber-attack – and authorities believe Chinese hackers could be behind it -
    The DoE was hacked two weeks ago in a ‘sophisticated’ attack. The report came from the Washington Free Beacon and seems to point fingers at the Chinese. Via Daily Mail, more here.
  • FedRAMP grants second security authorization – The second FedRAMP authorization is going to CGI Federal. It “covers CGI’s infrastructure as a service offerings, including virtual machines and web-hosting capabilities, available for agencies to acquire from the General Services Administration’s IaaS blanket purchase agreement, according to GSA Associate Administrator Dave McClure.” The FedRAMP program will not be effective until many solutions are authorized, not just two. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • Law enforcement slow to adopt cloud computing - A Ponemon Institute report, released 31 Jan, found that 46% of law enforcement agencies are not considering cloud computing. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) standards make it hard for adoption. Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
  • GAO: FCC failed to protect information – “The Federal Communications Commission failed to implement appropriate information security controls in the initial components of the Enhanced Secured Network project, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.” The FCC has a ton of IP that passes through their doors, and they need to be exceedingly careful. Via FedScoop, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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