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Cyber Priorities Trump All, Networx is turning out to be a Dud and more

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Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • Cyber Priorities Still Trump Big Data, Cloud And Mobile, Study Finds - A recent government-wide study by Lockheed Martin has found that the priority level to agency of these huge trends pale in comparison to the simple need to secure the networks. 85% of respondents had cyber as a high-priority, compared to the 39% that ascribed high priority to mobile (the next highest category). It is clear that government decision-makers are still feeling the cyber squeeze, and they need our help. Be sure to check out the link for they have a great graph. Via AOL Government, more here.
  • Hacking of Tax Records Has Put States on Guard - the enormous theft of personally identifiable information from the South Carolina tax records has put every state on guard (and rightly so!). This latest “Cyber Pearl Harbor” has put the fear of hackers into every state government. At least 11 state tax agencies have faced security breaches in the past seven years. However, most breaches have been internally caused, not the result of cyber attacks. Via NYT, more here.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Wins 2012 National Cybersecurity Innovation Award - The LLNL has created a “Master Block List” which helps combat cyber threatsThis list allows any application to be enrolled to receive up-to-date information on malicious software, sharing with all of the other applications enrolled. The MBL is currently being used by 10 agencies within the Department of Energy, a list which is growing. Via SacBee, more here.
  • ‘World’s largest’ telecom deal turns out to be a dud - The US Government’s Networx contract was supposed to be $34B and up to $66B for the five carriers ascribed to it. However, due to delayed purchasing, only $2B has been sold yet. Consultants are saying that the contract is too confusing to sell properly. Via PC Advisor, more here.
  • Medical identity theft growing fast and endangering lives - Medicaid and Medicare recipients are under siege from identity thieves, theft that is growing every day. Not only are improper benefits being billed, but the wrong medical information could be in their files. The information could wind up to be fatal. Via The Examiner, 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.