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May 10, 2016


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The Online Fight Against ISIS

Just as ISIS has proved far from omnipotent on the physical battlefield, it can also be defeated in cyberspace. But countering ISIS online will require a continuously adaptive response, and it will require the manpower to make that possible.

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Rather Than Fearing 'Cyber 9/11,' Prepare for 'Cyber Katrina'

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While there is agreement on the reality of the cyber threat, far too little has been done in the way of defining this threat and developing a structured response system in a practical manner, as has been done for the "physical world" of natural hazards and man-made and accidental events.

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The False Choice at the Core of the Apple-FBI Standoff

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At times, the rhetoric surrounding this issue has implied a false choice between absolute privacy and absolute security, between the digital Wild West and a police state. In this critical debate, neither extreme vision should prevail.

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Ransomware Hackers Are Coming for Your Health Records

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Hospital leaders need to consider how their organizations will respond when—not if—they are attacked. To repair the chinks in their cyber-armor, hospitals could make it harder for would-be criminals to take advantage of weaknesses.

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How the 'Wonks' of Public Policy and the 'Geeks' of Tech Can Get Together

Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc.

Policymakers need to shape intelligent integration of promising technology solutions, and commercial technology companies will want to reap the most benefit from these vast and burgeoning markets. For this to occur, tech geeks and policy wonks need to shed the hackneyed "disruptors versus regulators" paradigm and focus on the ways they can work together.

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