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From Educated Guesswork (Eric Rescorla)

The received wisdom in the security industry is that trying to qualitatively assess the security of a given piece of software is an incredibly difficult task. Some of the sharpest minds in software security–Gary McGraw, Brian Chess and Michael Howard among them–have spent years trying to nail down a framework for this task, with varying degrees of success. Not to worry, though. As Eric Rescorla writes, the government has now joined the fray with a proposal to develop standards for software security.

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By Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus, Washington Post

Federal legislators are working on a bill that would make major changes to the way that both government and private networks are protected. The Washington Post reports that the legislation not only will include more enforcement for regulations, but also will push for a federal cybersecurity czar to be stationed in the White House, a measure that security experts have been recommending for years.

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By Kim Zetter, Wired.com
U.S. authorities are investigating the possibility of indicting and extraditing an Israeli man [wired.com] accused of hacking into Canadian banks as part of a credit and debit card scam that may also have affected two American banks. Ehud Tenenbaum has been in Canadian jail since last year and now U.S. law enforcement officials are looking into whether he was responsible for an attack on two U.S. banks that netted about $10 million.

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By Byron Acohido (LastWatchdog.com)

If President Obama thinks fixing the broken U.S. economy is a challenge, and ending the ground wars in the Middle East a conundrum, wait until he gets around to tackling cybersecurity.
 
Obama must reverse the abject lack of any sort of meaningful coordinated defense against intensifying and overlapping cyber attacks [lastwatchdog.com] on U.S. citizens, businesses, schools, hospitals, governments and military from unseen enemies.

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Despite what you may have seen on 24 or read in Tom Clancy’s novels, the United States is well behind much of the rest of the world in developing both defensive and offensive cybersecurity capabilities, and that’s a deficit that may end up costing us dearly in the long run, according to a longtime government security expert.

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