WannaCry Attack: Microsoft Questions Role of Intelligence Community | The Cipher Brief

Microsoft is pointing the finger at Washington.

“An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.”

So while VEP is being debated … really? No, it is more like Raytheon’s internal quality assurance processes setting a standard of “in balancing our costs, release date schedule and consumer demands (read bottom line) we are willing to take a chance that giving access to Tomahawks is an acceptable national and global risk.”

Come on, Microsoft can bring some of that overseas cash stash and expand the role and capabilities of its QA teams.

Source: WannaCry Attack: Microsoft Questions Role of Intelligence Community

Trump’s cybersecurity EO emphasizes risk management, resilience

President Donald Trump on Thursday released the long-awaited presidential executive order on cybersecurity. The EO is similar in substance to the draft EO released last week and covered in depth by Fifth Domain.

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Cipher Brief Expert View: Changing NSA’s Email Collection Program | The Cipher Brief

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced on Friday a change in its intelligence collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA). The move comes under the backdrop of the looming deadline of December 31, 2017 when the authorities granted by 702 will expire if not reauthorized by Congress. According to an NSA statement, the revision essentially mean that the “NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.” Referred to as “about” collection, the changes to the NSA’s collection policies are related to a process known as upstream collection.

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Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique

Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans.

Source: Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique