Commuting Chelsea Manning’s Sentence Was Just and Proper

Before leaving office, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea (Bradley) Manning. At the time, Manning was serving a sentence of 35 years for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks in 2010. This material was subsequently published by WikiLeaks, embarrassing the US government and exposing several previously undocumented war crimes that took place in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

The President’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence was extremely controversial. The verdict was made over the objection of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, while other military and government officials quickly criticized Obama’s pronouncement.  Just today, President Trump referred to Manning as an “ungrateful traitor” who should have never been released from prison on Twitter.

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The Highs and Lows of Cybersecurity Integration

Based upon anecdotal evidence, I estimate that the average large enterprise organization uses more than 70 different security tools from an assortment of vendors. As they say in Texas, “that dog don’t hunt.” In other words, it’s nearly impossible to maintain strong security hygiene or establish best practices when the security organization is chasing cybersecurity optimization on a tool-by-tool basis.

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RSA Security Conference 2013: The Most Important RSA Ever?

It wasn’t long ago that the annual RSA Security Conference was an oasis from mainstream IT. While CIOs were focused on business process automation, the RSA crowd was celebrating technologies like DLP, web security, and key management. Yup, security was an under-funded IT stepchild and the RSA Conference was still centered on bits and bytes.

That was then, this is now and cybersecurity is everywhere – newspapers, magazines, television news, etc. Off the top of my head, here are some of the big cybersecurity news stories from the first two months of 2013:

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More On The Security Skills Shortage Issue

I frequently peruse information security news, and recently came across this article. The article highlights Symantec CEO Enrique Salem's warning of a shortage of talented cybersecurity professionals in the United States. Furthermore, this shortage is especially pronounced where it may be needed most -- law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Defense.

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