Cybersecurity, Privacy

Accepting Director Comey’s Call for a Public Debate on Encryption

FBI Director James Comey published a column on July 6, 2015, calling for a robust public debate about the benefits and costs of strong encryption that protects users’ privacy and overall network security. I join Director Comey in that call. The law enforcement community has raised legitimate concerns about their ability to access information stored … Read More >>


More Progress toward Compromise on Information Sharing

“If your neighbor’s house gets broken into, you’d want to know about it.” That was how John Landwehr, Vice President for Digital Government Solutions at Adobe Systems, put a fine point on the need for efficient and effective sharing of cyber threat information. He spoke at a packed briefing BSA hosted today on Capitol Hill … Read More >>


Partnering to Strengthen India’s IT Ecosystem

“Technology has transformational power,” the Government of India declares in its 2011 National Policy on Information Technology. “It is a great leveler of opportunity within and across economies.” This observation is undeniably true, and India is well on its way to achieving its aspiration of harnessing technology innovation to become one of the world’s leading … Read More >>

Cloud Computing

Finding Extra Value in an Era of Tight Budgeting

With sweeping budget proposals now on the table from President Obama and House Republicans, the debate over federal spending is gaining momentum this week in Washington. Not surprisingly, there are diverging views on many of the particulars in the budget. But all agree in principle that the fiscal situation demands belt-tightening — and all agree … Read More >>

Cloud Computing

In Federal IT Policy, It’s Now “Cloud First”

The federal government’s effort to close the IT gap between the public and private sectors will put cloud computing first, OMB Deputy Director for Management and Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients announced Friday. Zients, who revealed the broad outlines of a five-part Obama administration proposal to increase the efficiency of the federal government, said that … Read More >>