Movies, Popcorn, and National Security: The CFIUS Committee May Expand its Scope to ‘Soft Assets’

By: Alan Wehler and Lex Suvanto

Source: Morning Consult

Last month, 16 members of Congress wrote to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to express concern over recent changes in the U.S. movie industry. Their concerns had nothing to do with the quality of the latest super-hero film or the price of popcorn, but instead with the significant influx of Chinese investment in companies such as Legendary Entertainment and AMC Theaters, both of which were recently purchased by Dalian Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate.

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Passwords Are The Weakest Link In Cybersecurity Today

Source: CNBC
 
Last month’s news of the devastating breach at Yahoo stunned even the most seasoned security experts, given its impact on more than 500 million individuals.
 
Somewhat lost in the news of this attack and others including OPM, Anthem, and  the DNC is that the impact of each of these breaches cannot be viewed in isolation.  Rather, each is one node in a much bigger effort driven by state-sponsored actors to gather data on people in sensitive positions. 
 
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American Economic Activity Is Rooted In Global Flow Of Information

Source: Forbes
 
In July, citizens around the globe watched a coup attempt unfold in Turkey, by following it on their smartphones and computers through Facebook, Twitter and other online media. Turkey's president turned to his iPhone to help thwart the coup, appealing to his country's citizens via Facetime on live television while calling for his supporters to take to the streets via the very social media platforms he once denounced and repressed.
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Authentication Tools Are Getting Better; Don’t Get Stuck in the Past

 

From the buzz in the technology press over the last two weeks, one might think that end times are nigh in the world of authentication. Several media outlets wrote stories discussing NIST’s recent proposal around use of SMS-based solutions for digital authentication in the U.S. government, with headlines like “NIST axes SMS-based two factor authentication” and “U.S. government says SMS codes aren’t safe – so now what?”

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