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Source: National Cyber Security News

The cybersecurity industry is in desperate need of more “bureaucracy hackers” — individuals within federal and state governments who are authorities on the intricacies of policy creation and the nature of today’s rapidly-evolving technology and threat landscapes.

To understand why, look no further than Georgia State Bill 315: Introduced in the Georgia state senate earlier this month, the bill has the entire cybersecurity community shaking its head in disbelief. In short, the bill is modeled after the highly-controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which makes accessing a network or computer without authorization illegal – even if there is no theft or damage. While many parts of the U.S. government are advancing cybersecurity by adopting industry’s best practices, such as allowing security researchers to identify and disclose vulnerabilities that make us all safer, Georgia is closing the door to these folks.

Sen. Mark Warner’s IOT Improvement Act is another clear example: Drafted and supported by a bipartisan group of senators, the bill aims to protect increasingly “connected” citizens and their homes by introducing a baseline security standard for all internet-connected devices.

In principle, this is exactly the type of legislative action we want to see from lawmakers.

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SA school violence ‘out of hand’

Parliament – South African pupils still experienced higher levels of violence on schools than most other countries in the world, MPs were told on Tuesday.

Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on basic education, Basic Education department deputy director general for care and support, Granville Whittle, cited two studies conducted in 2008 and 2013 which showed 22 percent of learners in the country were found to have either been threatened with violence, assaulted, robbed or sexually assaulted.

“The 20 percent violence in schools is high by international comparisons,” Whittle said.

“There are a few countries that have a higher rate of violence [than South Africa] like Jamaica for example…”

Whittle said deploying police to schools was only a short term solution to specific incidents, with the department opting to adopt a long term approach to stem school violence.

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Anonymous ‘knocks out’ Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

Anonymous ‘knocks out’ Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.” Mossad’s […]

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