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The Morning Download: Microsoft Builds Bridge to Ubuntu, and Beyond

March 31, 2016

Good morning. The expansion of Microsoft Corp. horizons under CEO Satya Nadella continued on Wednesday, as the company announced plans to bring Linux command-line tool bash to Windows 10. It’s part of a broader strategy to open its technology to outside developers, CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports.

MasterCard Moves to Patent Analytics Work That Predicts Political Events

March 30, 2016

MasterCard International has developed a data analytics system for predicting political events, such as a coup or martial law, based on credit card data. While many companies use algorithms to understand customers, there is growing interest in using analytics to get ahead of serious social and political developments that affect corporate as well as national interests.

Why Europe has a bigger terror problem than the U.S.

March 28, 2016

Tuesday's bombings in Brussels left at least 31 people dead and 300 wounded. They are the latest additions to an increasingly long list of casualties from attacks across the breadth of Europe. Paris, Ankara and Istanbul have all been similarly targeted in the past five months.

Brussels Subway Death Toll Highlights Airport Security Focus

March 25, 2016

The Brussels terrorist attacks show how subway passengers can be even more vulnerable than airline travelers. But that’s not where public attention -- or federal security spending -- has gone in the U.S.

Small banks face the greatest risk from hackers

March 24, 2016

Cyberattacks on the country’s largest banks, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Bank of America Corp., grab the headlines. But the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and other regulators worry that smaller banks, with less robust cybersecurity, provide easier targets for criminals, terrorists, and foreign states seeking to infiltrate the US financial system.

Chinese national pleads guilty to hacking U.S. contractors

March 23, 2016

A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty March 23 to a "years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors," the Justice Department announced. The episode is a reminder of the Pentagon's ongoing struggle to keep defense secrets out of the hands of foreign hackers.

What Can Estonia Teach Us about Cybersecurity?

March 23, 2016

Estonian prime minister says in speech at GW that trust and privacy are keys to the future of digital societies.

More security coordination needed in Brussels

March 23, 2016

The terrorist attacks in Brussels are raising questions about how the seat of the European Union's government is protected.

Brussels terrorist attacks put a heavily Muslim district and Belgium's police under scrutiny

March 23, 2016

For months, Salah Abdeslam was Europe's most-wanted man. He was accused of helping plot the horrific November terrorist attacks carried out by a team of well-organized militants beneath officials' noses in Paris.

Shocking level of unpreparedness' in Belgium: Experts

March 22, 2016

Current and former U.S. and European counter-terrorism officials, who are experts on ISIS in Europe, told NBC News that the location and timing of the attacks — just days after the capture of the suspected operational leader of the Bataclan massacre in Paris — suggested a "shocking" level of unpreparedness by Belgian authorities.

'No 100% secure solution' to prevent terror attacks, experts say

March 22, 2016

Authorities stepped up counterterrorism efforts in major U.S. cities in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels Tuesday, but experts warn that there are limits to what law enforcement can realistically do.

Belgians 'Know They're Sitting on a Time Bomb': Official

March 22, 2016

Current and former U.S. and European counter-terrorism officials told NBC News that Tuesday's deadly attacks in Brussels raise questions about the ability of Belgian authorities to cope with the scale of the country's terror problem.

Arrest of Salah Abdeslam Could Be Intelligence Coup, Experts Say

March 18, 2016

With the arrest of suspected Paris massacre plotter Salah Abdeslam, U.S. counter-terrorism officials may have hit a mother lode of information about the terror group ISIS.

Transcom is a case in point for whole-of-nation cyber posture

March 16, 2016

Administration and Defense Department officials have been promoting the idea of a “whole of nation” approach to cybersecurity, because the interconnected nature of the Internet means that it traverses multiple sectors, making defense a multiple-sector responsibility. Gen. Darren McDew, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, knows what they mean.

French Minister of the Interior Discusses Anti-Terrorism Efforts

March 14, 2016

Bernard Cazeneuve urges tech companies to work with governments against terrorist threats.

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