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Obama Unveils Online Information Sharing Strategy To Fight Cyberterrorism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “As President, I have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the United States and the American people. Meeting this responsibility requires the closest possible cooperation among our intelligence, military, diplomatic, homeland security, law enforcement, and public health communities, as well as with our partners at the state and local level and in the private sector. This cooperation, in turn, demands the timely and effective sharing of intelligence and information about threats to our nation with those who need it, from the President to the police officer on the street.”President Barack Obama, writing in The National Strategy For Information Sharing And Safeguarding.On Wednesday the President issued a 16-page game plan aimed at strengthening the process and protection of online sharing to fight cyber attacks. It’s called the the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. The NSISS is a guideline aimed at creating a “balance between sharing information with those who need it to keep our country safe and safeguarding it from those who would do us harm,” the President wrote. “Sharing and safeguarding are often seen as mutually exclusive, in reality they are mutually reinforcing. This Strategy, therefore, emphasizes how strengthening the protection of classified and sensitive information can help to build confidence and trust so that such information can be shared with authorized users.”In short, it’s a directive on how to share data, and improve data flow, informing U.S. citizens that they are now partners in this battle, and thereby required to share their data in the name of national security, all the while promising to protect civil rights and privacy. Less an executive order than a vision, “the strategy does not define particular categories or types of information that must be shared.” Instead, it focuses on a sharing policy with three main principles:Designating information as a national asset.Shared risk management and safeguarding,Informed decision making.  1. Information As A National AssetMaking information a national asset is basically a step to streamlining the flow of data between governmental agencies. The push to cut across siloed Federal branches and bureaus and integrate information is extremely important for both national and regional security. What’s likely going to happen is interconnected federal networks and new databases. The strategy lists five goals:Driving collective action through collaboration and accountability.Improving data flow and discovery.Improving effectiveness by sharing services.Defining new policies and processes and reform to protect data.Protecting user privacy and civil rights.Number five “protecting privacy and rights” is tricky. The document cleverly words that data management extends to U.S. citizens, stating that these “stakeholders” also have a responsibility and are an integral part in the success of this plan. “Information collected, analyzed, and disseminated by every stakeholder must be discoverable and retrievable, consistent with necessary legal restrictions, and guided by government-wide policies, standards, and management frameworks.” In other words, while supposedly toe-ing the civil rights line, the government is saying if they need your data, it’s your job to give it to them. Just how jurisdiction is enforced will no doubt be a contentious issue. The document states that privacy will be leveraged by “governance bodies and existing procedures, to continually refine and establish necessary guidelines for appropriate protections of shared information.” But the how and why of collecting citizen’s data will likely unfold on a case-by-case basis, most likely with howls of protest from civil rights groups like the ACLU. 2. Information Sharing And Safeguarding Requires Shared Risk ManagementThis step is basically a relationship builder, calling for trust between the private and public sectors. It’s the government’s pitch that more sharing and safeguarding improves both policy development and tackling security problems.“Policies, practices, and methods for information sharing and safeguarding can enable appropriate confidentiality while increasing transparency,” Obama writes. “To realize the benefits of sharing information, stakeholders mitigate and manage risk by taking appropriate measures to build trust in the processes that safeguard information from compromise.”Part of the sharing process will also include heavy data tagging to improve discovery and new authorization and authentication controls to likely bolster security and accountability. 3. Information Informs DecisionmakingThis third directive ties together the first two steps. It states that the ability to discover and retrieve accurate data “depends upon an ability to make information easily accessible to federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and foreign partners.”In other words, here’s your “we’re all in this together” notice from Uncle Sam. You do your part, we do our part, and this ship should sail. “The above principles and below goals will help us achieve an environment wherein decisions are driven by information that reflects our best assessments at every level — from frontline personnel to agency heads,” Obama writes. Is This Plan… A Good Thing?In the wake of the failed SOPA and PIPA regulation bills, there’s been a lot of public mistrust when it comes to the government keeping tabs on the Internet. But could this be a positive step? At least one major security pundit thinks so. “Government needs to be part of that system,” wrote Dan Kaminsky in a recent op-ed in Politico along with Stewart Baker, a former general counsel at the National Security Agency and assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security.“I’m encouraged to see Obama creating a framework,” said Kaminsky, one of seven Recovery Key Shareholders for the Domain Name System, and chief scientist at security firm DKH. He says sharing data is a key to making the Internet safer. Trust Is The Key QuestionIn an interview with ReadWrite, however, Kaminsky said the public culture of fear and mistrust may make his support of the President’s move less than popular. Still, he says we know dangerously little about the details of cyber attacks on the whole – and sharing data could help lower the risk.  “You can’t solve a problem without data.”“If our goal is to have a foundation for commerce, information, freedom, privacy, we need better data on what bad guys are dong and what stops them,” he added. “The hard truth is that American information assets are under attack. Public, private, and personal resources are being extracted wholesale.”These acts of espionage are “tremendous, and the ability to respond is insignificant,” Kaminsky said. “It’s not like bad guys just attack military targets,” Kaminsky explained. “Everyone’s under attack.”According to Kaminsky, the government has a strong interest in avoiding a situation where “in order to run a business you have to field an army. That would destroy small business and any compeitive environment. At the end of the day, can every business large and small deal with activity of foreign nation state attackers? Honestly, no.”In order for the effort to succeed, Kaminsky said, information must flow in both directions between the private and public sectors. But he warned that “We have a lot of work to do in figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Step one is collecting information. The challenge is – who watches the watchers – and how do you make sure that aggregating force that makes the ground rules doesn’t turn on everyone?”Going After Bad Guys… Or 9-Year-Olds?That’s a key issue. With SOPA and PIPA fresh in their minds, many worry that the feds will use the shield of national security to go after regular people. It’s “ridiculous,” Kaminsky said, but the issue is “our ability to arrest 9 year-olds. The average kid is not breaking into Honeywell and stealing nuclear secrets to cause terror. The average kid is listening to Justin Bieber. There’s some definite fear in our effort to protect the rest of the economy that we’ll see the same techniques used to deal with nation-state hackers used on our kids.”If the feds pursue matters not linked to national security, Kaminsky warned, it’s going to threaten the credibility of the entire effort. Still, he’s optimistic that the NSISS is a much-needed good-faith step in the right direction. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Tags:#privacy#security adam popescucenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Quick Tip: Focus Pulling

first_imgCamera assistants and focus pullers can benefit from the simple tips in this quick video.First assistant camera, or ‘camera assistants’, may be one of the hardest (and under-appreciated roles on set). Aside from maintaining and setting up/positioning all camera equipment, the first assistant camera is often in charge of ‘pulling focus‘ (although some directors of photography choose to set focus themselves). Professional film and video cameras often use a follow focus device to give greater control over the position of a camera lens focus ring. It’s up to the focus puller to ensure that the shot is properly focused on the intended talent or action, on every take. There’s little room for error.In the video tutorial above, video pro Clinton Harn shares two quick tips that can help when pulling focus:When marking focus points use dots instead of numbers. This makes it more clear for the puller, and allows you to create closer adjacent lines.Nikon and Canon lenses focus in opposite directions. Discover a handy way to remember the difference.Solid tips. The video came from an ongoing series “60 Seconds on Set” (from Rode microphones). It’s a series worth subscribing to on YouTube for quick, practical film and video tricks.For a BIG roundup of focus pulling resources, check out the Black and Blue’s tips and tricks here.last_img read more

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‘Why a mediocre cricket team is news and SAF winners are not’

first_imgReaction to india’s sweeping success at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Kathmandu has been predictable. Congenital pessimists have dismissed the performances as inconsequential. South Asia is not exactly a sporting powerhouse. Part of the scornful attitude is, therefore, understandable.Yet consider the ridiculous euphoria that has greeted the cricket team’s victorious start to a patently B-grade tournament in Nairobi. It takes one tight spell and a couple of good shots against lowly Kenya for a middling tyro to be hailed as the new match-winner.On the other hand, Sunita Rani may have won races as far apart as the 1,500 m and the 10,000 m and may be only 19 but nobody seems bothered about sharpening her obvious talent. Likewise with swimmer Nisha Millet, karateka Damang Syngkon, the list can go on. Those who scoff at the SAF medals would do well to note that Sri Lanka’s world-class female track stars began their long journey at South Asian championships.This is not to suggest that every medal winner at Kathmandu is a probable Olympian. Given India’s dominance of the region it ends up taking home an overwhelming number of the medals from any SAF meet.It is necessary therefore to separate the athletes with potential from those whose aspirations and abilities can’t take them beyond the SAF winners’ podium. Is India even beginning to do this? Other countries have sports centres, training programmes and university scholarships that harness talent. Whether it is China or Australia or the US, no society leaves sportsmen with promise to their own devices. India does and, SAF games or no SAF games, suffers. The differential in attention paid to cricket and to lesser sports has created a new caste system. The old one is being fought with reservations. Cricket’s Brahminical status, however, is undisturbed.last_img read more

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Karbonn Titanium S99 with Kit Kat launched for Rs 5,990

first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Karbonn has launched Kit Kat-powered Titanium S99 for Rs 5,990.The Titanium S99 comes with a 4-inch IPS capacitive touch display and is powered by 512MB RAM and 1.3 GHz Quad core. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a digital front camera for video calling. Its internal storage stands at 4GB and expandable memory up to 32GB. The dual-SIM smartphone supports the 3G connectivity for superior network access and speedy internet connection. It packs a 1400 mAh battery.The Karbonn Titanium S99 offers a range of networking options and utilities like GPS navigation, G-Sensor, Proximity & Wi-Fi and other standard features. Features like touch and customizable widgets and smart notification panel, provides an engaged KitKat experience to the consumers.Available in black and white colours, the Karbonn Titanium S99 comes with an additional protective silicon case to protect it from falls and accidental bumps.last_img read more

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Drewry Shippers Should Keep an Eye on MA Activity

first_imgzoom With nearly 400 different vessel operators still active, there is plenty of competition and potential for more merger and acquisition activity, shipping consultancy Drewry said.The collapse of freight rates during the second half of 2017, far out of line with the underlying supply and demand fundamentals, suggests that carriers have not yet rid themselves of certain self-sabotaging traits and that talk of a new golden age for carriers was perhaps exaggerated.Despite recent developments, Drewry retains its view that the carriers are heading towards a brighter future, while also acknowledging there are several temporary factors that have created a bump in the road to recovery.One area that might have been expected to have provided a more immediate benefit was the significant consolidation occurring in the market. The latest consolidation wave has barely become operational, with most transactions either just concluded or still pending.Following completion of the outstanding deals, the leading seven carrier groups will control approximately 90% of the active containership fleet as it stood on October 1.Yet, even with such a large swathe of the fleet in the hands of very few lines the industry remains highly competitive by standard measures.Based on the known ship data series, there were 379 different vessel operators, all bar 31 of which garnered less than 0.1% market share. With so many operators on the water “there is clearly a lot of potential for more M&A, but in reality the majors are unlikely to be interested in the small fry.”An analysis conducted by Drewry showed that, even after the latest M&A has concluded, the industry would remain ‘competitive’ or ‘moderately concentrated’ in most of the routes covered.Two of the trades covered, northbound Europe-East Coast South America and westbound Europe-South Asia, do now fit the ‘highly concentrated’ description, but being relatively close to a Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) reading of 2,500, they are at the lower end of the definition.Three trades, the two Asia-Europe headhaul routes and the southbound Asia-East Coast South America trade, moved from ‘competitive’ to ‘moderately concentrated’, where they will likely stay without further consolidation.The Transpacific, Transatlantic and Asia to Middle East and South Asia headhaul trades are all still ‘competitive’ on the HHI scale. The addition of SM Line to Asia-East Coast North America will see the corresponding HHI number come down next year.“The industry is heading towards a scenario whereby a small handful of dominant carriers dictate matters, but there is still healthy competition in most trades for now. Shippers will need to stay watchful for deals that impact their main routes,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

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Commentary What we learned from the Ohio State Spring Game

Saturday afternoon marked the beginning of a new era of Ohio State football. For the first time, Urban Meyer took the field at Ohio Stadium as head coach of the Buckeyes in front of a crowd of 81,112 people for the 2012 LiFE Sports Spring Game. The intrasquad scrimmage finished with the Scarlet team defeating Gray, 20-14. The final score from the two sides of the divided roster does not carry much relevance, but the performances on the field presented OSU fans with a glimpse into how the team will look this fall. Both offenses and defenses had their ups and downs, but there were a number of aspects from both teams that stood out in the four 10-minute quarters Saturday. 1. Michael Thomas could be the playmaker OSU lacked last season at wide receiver. Thomas enrolled during Winter Quarter as an incoming freshman, but he looks ready to begin making an impact in the passing offense from the team’s first game this fall. Thomas was sensational Saturday, finishing the game with 12 receptions for 131 yards. Last year’s leading receiver, rising sophomore Devin Smith, had 14 receptions and 294 yards for the entire season, and he played in 13 full games. Thomas has good size at 6-foot-2 and is an effective route runner who has the lateral agility to be a difference-maker in space. Even when matched up against the Buckeyes’ best cornerback, rising redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby, he was making receptions on Saturday. 2. The offense should emphasize passing over rushing. Last year, OSU had more than twice as many rushing attempts as passing attempts. The Spring Game indicated that should change this fall. The two teams combined had 55 passing attempts and 443 total passing yards, compared to only 35 rushing attempts and 89 total rushing yards. Meyer said after the game that OSU passed so much during the Spring Game because that’s what the team needed to work on. Regardless, the Buckeyes should pass more often, pairing a more experienced rising sophomore Braxton Miller under center with a more aggressive offensive game plan. 3. The Buckeyes plan to use the no-huddle offense this season. One of OSU’s deficiencies last season was their lack of a hurry-up offense. With an inexperienced freshman quarterback and an inefficient offensive system, the Buckeyes often drove down the field methodically, even late in a game. This year, expect OSU to be able to run an efficient no-huddle offense. The Scarlet offense, led by Miller, came right out of the gate with this strategy, and drove 80 yards to score quickly in 2:17. If Miller can do this with the full OSU offense this fall, the Buckeyes will have much more success at scoring late in games when they need points, and keep opposing defenses on their heels. 4. Ryan Shazier is ready to be a star of the OSU defense. While rising senior captain defensive end John Simon should rightfully earn the majority of attention as the star of the OSU defense, opponents will also have to prepare for Shazier, a rising sophomore outside linebacker. In Shazier’s first start last season against Penn State, he had 15 tackles. He also started the final two games of the season in which he had 18 total tackles. On Saturday, he stood out once again as a playmaker on the defense. He had eight tackles, including two for loss, and was consistently around the football when he was on the field. OSU is well-known for its history of great linebackers. With three years of eligibility remaining, Shazier has the time and talent to be the next great at the position. 5. The defensive line is the strength of the team. Simon barely played Saturday, and rising junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins did not play due to a knee injury. Even without the two best defensive linemen on the field, defense dominated the line of scrimmage. The two teams combined for nine sacks on Saturday. Six-and-a-half of them came from defensive linemen, including two from rising sophomore Steve Miller and one-and-a-half from rising redshirt junior Adam Bellamy. Granted, many of these sacks came against reserves on the offensive line, but they nonetheless showed that the defensive line is deep with talent. read more

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Bye week a chance to develop young players take time off

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa celebrates during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLife doesn’t stop for Ohio State football players when they get a week off, but it certainly slows down — especially for the upperclassmen.Coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes have a week off before returning to the field at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 18. Coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the week to give some younger players heavier reps, while lightening the workload for experienced starters.“This (week) I am getting (freshman defensive lineman) Jalyn Holmes a million reps right now and some of the players have to get ready to go,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Some of them though — (senior defensive lineman Michael) Bennett, we have pulled off of him a little bit.”Along with Bennett, Meyer said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is getting fewer game-style reps in practice this week.Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller said the week off has been less intense than the Buckeyes’ first bye week of the season, and added it’s been a good chance to make sure some young players get the practice time they need.“It’s been more laid-back for this break,” Miller said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”While the week off doesn’t mean the players can shut it down quite yet, the upcoming weekend without a game gives them a chance to get away. “We don’t practice on Sunday night because I want them to get out of here,” Meyer said. “(Freshman linebacker) Raekwon McMillan I know is going home to see his mom. He has earned that right to go do that.”McMillan played his high school football in Hinesville, Ga.But if players choose not to head home, Meyer said he wants them to keep football on their mind.“It is our second weekend (off). Some guys aren’t (going home) so maybe they will be over to coaches’ houses on Saturday and we are going to finalize plans,” he said. “I want them somewhere, if they are not going home, I want them around a coach.”Miller said he’ll likely be on the list of players who don’t have to spend their weekend with one of the OSU coaches.“I’m gonna probably go home, probably see my family and rest up,” Miller, a Canton, Ohio, native, said.Even though he gets a chance to spend some extra time with his family, Miller said the bye week doesn’t necessarily come at a good time for the Buckeyes.“It’s been strange, because it’s real early,” he said. “And we really aren’t that banged up yet, so it really (isn’t) that bad to be taking a break.”OSU’s first bye week came after a 66-0 win against Kent State in its third game of the season. That win shifted the team’s momentum after a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech the week before. Coming out of that week off, the Buckeyes’ offense posted 710 yards against Cincinnati before routing the Terrapins for a third consecutive win.Meyer said that first week off “came at the right time,” but added he doesn’t have the same feelings this time around.“You could see we played pretty well afterwards,” he said. “This one, I don’t know. All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you.”Meyer said he has looked at past years, and there hasn’t been a time one of his teams has had two bye weeks so early in the season.While his coach isn’t quite excited to be taking a break, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said it hasn’t been all negative. Boren said he and others on the team have been fighting through minor injuries, so a week off can help them get healthy.“I think it’s working right now, and we’ll see how everything else works out,” he said.After the week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium to cap off homecoming week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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ComicCon crowds line up for hours for big names exclusive merchandise

ComicCon crowds line up for hours for big names exclusive merchandise

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, This #KingsmanTheGoldenCircle panel is getting wild. @halleberry just chugged a pint of whisky on stage! #sdcc pic.twitter.com/aCxYdisDcp— Fandango (@Fandango) July 20, 2017″I can, you know,” the actress said before she downed the liquor.Berry portrays a technical expert in the sequel to 2014’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The cast includes Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum, among others. The series is based on the comic book “The Secret Service.”The cast of “Teen Wolf” gathered for a sometimes emotional panel with the MTV series’ final 10 episodes set to begin airing on July 30. Some reports this week said the series could continue on MTV as a podcast.Actor Tyler Posey said he’d been acting for a dozen years before he gained the lead role in the show, which debuted in 2011 and is loosely based on the 1985 movie of the same name.”I felt like going into it, it was never going to be a job, there was so much incentive for me to enjoy what I was doing,” Posey said. “It wasn’t just work — it was friendship — and finding my purpose in life and becoming an adult and making a difference.” Dancing into the final season of @MTVteenwolf like…??#TeenWolf #EWComicCon #ComicCon #SDCC pic.twitter.com/EGEwesnnUR— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 20, 2017Comic-Con, the annual celebration of the popular arts, will run through Sunday at the convention center, Central Library, Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre and the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina. The event, with sessions running from 10 a.m. to midnight, will be attended by 130,000 people.While attendance was as high as usual, surprisingly few people made the trek into the largest venues, 6,500-seat Hall H and Room 20, according to numerous tweets.That should change Friday, which is highlighted by a “Game of Thrones” panel.Also on tap for Hall H Friday are a 10th-anniversary panel on “The Big Bang Theory,” along with panels on “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Twin Peaks,” “Preacher” and Marvel’s “The Defenders.” KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Comic-Con International opened Thursday to Halle Berry chugging whiskey, reminiscences from the cast of “Teen Wolf” and relatively light crowds in the San Diego Convention Center’s major ballrooms.Berry was part of a panel discussion with fellow cast members from the upcoming film, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” when she drank from a large glass of whisky while egged on by fans and playfully dropped to the stage.Others in the cast imbibed from shot glasses.”Why do I have this much and why do they have that much, is what I want to know,” Berry said before the audience chanted “Chug.” You want the world premiere of the #TWD Season 8 trailer, and we’ve got it here live on Facebook tomorrow. Tune-in. #SDCC pic.twitter.com/zf81jIqnjw— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) July 20, 2017Among other things to look for, the San Diego Blood Bank will conduct a blood drive Thursday through Sunday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Coronado Ballroom, located at One Market Place. Donors will receive an exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy T-shirt.Related Link: Comic-Con annual blood drive returns for 41st yearUC San Diego took advantage of the huge crowds by promoting its recent scientific discoveries. The university’s “Science Nonfiction” campaign includes trolley advertising, billboards, posters, t-shirts and street teams wearing sandwich-boards and aluminum foil hats.Outside the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the FX networks is offering interactive experiences based on their programming, while AMC is hosting its “Deadquarters” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, across Harbor Drive from the convention center.With wall-to-wall people at Comic-Con venues and the adjacent Gaslamp Quarter, organizers strongly suggest using public transportation.A free shuttle bus service is operating 24 hours a day, stopping at 63 locations in downtown, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island through Sunday evening.Related Link: MTS extends trolley service for Comic-Con 2017The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 and 1/2 minutes between Qualcomm Stadium and the 12th and Imperial Transit Center through Sunday. Blue and Orange line trains will increase in frequency during peak travel times, according to the MTS.The transit agency said passengers can use its new Compass Cloud mobile app to purchase ride tickets in advance. The MTS also has 22 bus routes with downtown stops. Comic-Con crowds line up for hours for big names, exclusive merchandiselast_img read more

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