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Derek B. Johnson
Writer of tech, asker of questions. Senior staff writer covering the intersection of government, technology, policy and politics for
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Derek B. Johnson 30m
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I) calls the new WH cyber strategy "largely a restatement of recommendations that have carried through the last several Administrations."
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Derek B. Johnson 2h
Replying to @DerekDoesTech
That combined with the movement on CISA Act in the Senate and the new DOD strategy indicate that the bottleneck seems to have lifted.
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Derek B. Johnson 2h
Replying to @DerekDoesTech
And to update this: yes, PPD-20 being rescinded was a big thing that happened in last month, but today we learned that the administration has replaced it with a new (classified) directive that National Security Advisor John Bolton characterized as "very different" from PPD-20.
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Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen 2h
Today, the released a National Strategy, the first in 15 years, to address the challenges faced by a growing & evolving cyber environment. The strategy will guide & Admin efforts to combat cyber crime and secure cyberspace.
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Derek B. Johnson 3h
Replying to @DerekDoesTech
Said new DOD cyber strategy which outlines robust role for Pentagon/CyberCom in protecting elections, critical infrastructure and private sector info sharing is outgrowth of WH strategy. Says US is going to do "a lot of things offensively and our adversaries need to know that."
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Derek B. Johnson 3h
Breaking: Trump administration to release its national cyber strategy: John Bolton tells reporters that PPD-20, the Obama-era presidential directive on offensive cyber, was rescinded a few weeks ago and that "each agency knows its lane" and authority.
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Derek B. Johnson 4h
This is just a hunch, but I get the feeling that some big interagency turf wars around cyber policy were hashed out very recently. We're seeing movement on a lot of agency items that have been blocked, delayed or expressed less explicitly over past year.
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Derek B. Johnson 5h
Replying to @JSyversen
Hah! "Blockchain is the answer" studies by blockchain companies are among the worst offenders in this category.
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Derek B. Johnson 5h
Replying to @DerekDoesTech
Which is not to say that every report on a topic done by a company who also does business in that area is worthless. There are serious reports with valuable, neutral insight. But yeah, plz no more reports where "our study sez IT managers need our products!" is the conclusion.
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Derek B. Johnson 6h
You simply would not believe how large a percentage of the reports companies send to me every week fall under this description.
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Derek B. Johnson 8h
I love when PR/sales people solicit you for something and at the end, instead of asking if you're interested in the next step, they give you a few dates and ask which one works best for you. Nice try Obi-Wan, but your HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED psychological tactics won't work on me.
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Derek B. Johnson 9h
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Derek B. Johnson 9h
By non-military, I just mean policy areas that have traditionally been outside of DOD's purview, like elections and protecting the financial industry. I think DOD does see it the way you describe, which is why they're planting a flag now.
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Derek B. Johnson 22h
Replying to @Bing_Chris
Yeah. Definitely an interesting read that shows how confident DOD has become stepping into a lot of non-military cyber policy issues even over the last year, but weird to couch it as anything more than a public strategy doc.
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Derek B. Johnson Sep 19
Five years from now, Special Agent Anna Senpai and deputy director Litespeed will probably be leading the DOJ press conference announcing arrests in the latest botnet case.
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Derek B. Johnson Sep 19
I....honestly did not think it was possible for media companies to shit on freelancers any more than they already do. You have to pay a fee to get paid "early" for your work, even though "early" is still late and overdue in many cases. This is *amazing*
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MalwareTech Sep 19
Replying to @MalwareTechBlog
And if anyone really believes getting arrested is an suitable way into a high paying job, come speak to me. I will explain how finding yourself on the wrong side of the US govt will fuck you up in ways you could never imagine. There are some things 6 figure salaries can't fix.
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MalwareTech Sep 19
The thing is, deterrence is proven not to work against kids and teens. Putting young people in jail for long periods of time achieves nothing other than messing them up, and increasing the likelihood they turn back to crime.
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Derek B. Johnson Sep 19
Wonderful case of investigative reporting into a wrongful murder conviction by *checks notes* Golf Digest? Respect.
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Derek B. Johnson Sep 19
Seems like maybe this is something that Congress should try to address:
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