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A Bad News Roundup -- We Can't Do Cybersecurity. Period.

By Paul Rosenzweig
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:06 AM

Pentagon Delays Cybersecurity Requirements. "The Pentagon has delayed for almost two years a requirement that as many as 10,000 companies show that they have systems to protect sensitive but unclassified information from cyber-attacks before signing new defense contracts. 'We got feedback from industry that they did not think they could fully comply Day One”'with the demand that contractors document a fully operating access-authentication system down to the subcontractor level, Claire Grady, director of defense procurement and acquisition policy, said in an interview. 'We want people headed in the right direction,” but “we probably overestimated what the state of the industry was.'"  You think??

Pentagon Takes Control of Backround Investigation Security. "The Defense Department will take over responsibility for storing sensitive information on millions of federal employees and others from the Office of Personnel Management and the government will create a new entity to oversee background investigations, Obama administration officials announced Friday."  Better than OPM I guess, but see previous entry ....

UVA gets hacked. "Hackers accessed numerous computer records containing personally identifiable information belonging to University of Virginia employees, part of a “phishing” scam that also included some bank records, school officials announced Friday."