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Hacking away: Why cybersecurity lit up the State of the Union

After 2014’s tangled web of cyber-hijinks, the president’s State of the Union stood against a hacky new year in 2015.

It’s easy to see why. As we obsess more and more over our technology, hackers do the same trying to infiltrate it. There have recently been huge breaches of both corporate targets (like Target’s customer data) and government systems (like a takeover of U.S. Central Command social media accounts by extremists).

These threats have charged up the list of national security priorities, especially after major hacks attributed to North Korea and China. Among the president’s proposals are greater transparency about data breaches, more high-tech investigative and legal tools, and a consumer privacy bill of rights.

They are logistically complex — especially as he calls for greater broadband Internet access around the country – not to mention politically ambitious in a solidly Republican Congress. It remains to be seen whether the wires will get crossed.

Hacking away: Why cybersecurity lit up the State of the Union

After 2014’s tangled web of cyber-hijinks, the president’s State of the Union stood against a hacky new year in 2015.

It’s easy to see why. As we obsess more and more over our technology, hackers do the same trying to infiltrate it. There have recently been huge breaches of both corporate targets (like Target’s customer data) and government systems (like a takeover of U.S. Central Command social media accounts by extremists).

These threats have charged up the list of national security priorities, especially after major hacks attributed to North Korea and China. Among the president’s proposals are greater transparency about data breaches, more high-tech investigative and legal tools, and a consumer privacy bill of rights.

They are logistically complex — especially as he calls for greater broadband Internet access around the country – not to mention politically ambitious in a solidly Republican Congress. It remains to be seen whether the wires will get crossed.

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