Weekly News Kickoff: Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General - (Archived)

Congratulations to Loretta Lynch, our new U.S. attorney general. The Senate confirmed her appointment last week. And if you are caught up on the threats from “The Walking Dead,” check out the five cyberwar threats worth watching. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General
The Senate confirmed U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general in a 56-to-43 vote April 23. Lynch replaces outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in that position since 2009, Federal Times reports. President Obama said in a statement that Lynch had spent her life fighting for fair and equal justice, and will bring her experience as a tough and well-respected prosecutor to a variety of issues.

Five Cyberwar Threats Worth Watching
Approximately 60 nation-states are developing their own advanced cyber warfare programs, Information Week reports. This figure does not include rogue terrorist and cyber criminal groups. Given that businesses as well as government agencies can be targets of cyberwar attacks, this issue is one that enterprise IT leaders and security professionals would do well to watch closely. Read the article to discover the five threats worth watching.

Backseat Drivers Plague Defense Procurement
Top defense acquisition managers likened the procurement process in the armed services to a bus with dozens of backseat drivers during an April 22 hearing before the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, FCW reports. The Senate and House Armed Services Committee have made defense acquisition reform a priority, although congressional micromanagement has sometimes been cited as a problem with the process.

Small Business Leaders Urge Congress to Rethink Cybersecurity Measures
As Congress considers legislation meant to better shield corporations and governments from cybercriminals, Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses, The Washington Post reports. During a hearing held by the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday, McCraken said: “Cybersecurity has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community.” He later added that “sharing cybersecurity information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”

Tech Titans Ready Their Clouds for NOAA Weather Data
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM and Microsoft to help them release its 20 terabytes of daily data to the public, FedScoop reports. The Commerce Department took a step Tuesday to make NOAA data more accessible as Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced a collaboration among some of the country’s top tech companies to give the public a range of environmental, weather and climate data to access and explore.


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