Re-evaluating the need for ‘I’ in IoT | FCW


Jeffrey Voas, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said the phrase “network of things” offers a better way to understand connected devices and their security challenges. NoT describes a connected system — whether the “things” communicate only with internal networks or the internet.

“You can have a network of things without the internet,” Voas said at the July 25 Connected Government event hosted by FCW.

He is the author of NIST Special Publication 800-183, which describes the concept behind such networks and characterizes them by five building blocks:

  • Electronic sensors that monitor environments and physical properties.
  • Aggregators that handle the data and break it down into something
  • Communication channels that transmit the data.
  • External utilities such as software and hardware products and services.
  • Decision triggers, which create the final output.

Source: Re-evaluating the need for ‘I’ in IoT — FCW

Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy? | Council on Foreign Relations


Facing a growing array of foreign policy challenges, one consistent feature of the new administration’s stated approach has been its willingness to move quickly to impose bilateral economic impediments to trade and finance, including sanctions.

While a compelling case can be made in each instance for the use of sanctions, it’s hard to conclude that sanctions have become the go-to weapon of choice, a Swiss army knife with a ready attachment just right for any foreign policy challenge.

There are some things for which a Swiss army knife is the perfect tool, but for appendicitis I’d rather see a doctor.

Source: Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy? | Council on Foreign Relations

Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking | The Washington Post


The announcement came the morning after U.S. Senate voted 98 to 2 in support of a new sanctions bill against Russia that would also limit Trump’s ability to lift anti-Russian sanctions already in place.

The Trump administration has given mixed signals about whether the president will sign the bill, which also targets Iran and North Korea.

Russia has promised additional retaliation against the new sanctions once they are signed into law, possibly by targeting U.S. commercial or trade interests tied to Russia.

Source: Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking – The Washington Post

Flush times for hackers in booming cyber security job market


The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security.

The new reality is on display in Las Vegas this week at the annual Black Hat and Def Con security conferences, which now have a booming side business in recruiting.

Source: Flush times for hackers in booming cyber security job market

Value of U.S. deals in China sinks on rising trade tensions


The value of mergers and acquisitions involving American companies in China dropped 32 percent to just $523 million in the six months to June 30 from $771 million in the same period last year, and were down 87 percent from $4 billion in the first six months of 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Source: Value of U.S. deals in China sinks on rising trade tensions

Russia orders U.S. to cut diplomatic staff, says to seize diplomatic property


Russia ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic staff by Sept. 1 and said it was seizing a dacha compound and warehouse used by U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions against Moscow.

Source: Russia orders U.S. to cut diplomatic staff, says to seize diplomatic property

China Eastern buying 10 percent Air France KLM stake as part of airline JVs’ rejig


China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd said on Friday it is buying a 10 percent stake in Europe’s Air France KLM SA, in what will be the first investment by one of China’s three largest state-owned airlines in a Western carrier.

The deal is part of a broader plan between Delta Air Lines Inc, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM that was announced on Thursday to combine two overlapping transatlantic joint-ventures, supported by equity deals worth $1 billion.

Delta, which holds a 3.2 percent stake in China Eastern, is also buying a 10 percent stake in Air France KLM.

Source: China Eastern buying 10 percent Air France KLM stake as part of airline JVs’ rejig

Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No | The New York Times


The 49-to-51 vote was also a humiliating setback for the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has nurtured his reputation as a master tactician and spent the last three months trying to devise a repeal bill that could win support from members of his caucus.

Source: Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No – The New York Times

McCain casts crucial vote to kill ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repeal | TheHill


Voting shortly after, McCain — who returned to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer the week before — joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and all Democrats in opposing the measure that would have repealed key parts of ObamaCare.

Source: McCain casts crucial vote to kill ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repeal | TheHill

Pakistan faces political turmoil as PM Sharif ousted in wealth probe


Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office on Friday over undeclared assets, plunging the nuclear-armed South Asian nation into political turmoil after a period of relative stability.

The incoming leader will have to tackle worsening ties with the United States, frayed relations with arch-foe India, and persistent threat from Islamist militants. The economy is benefiting from vast investment from China, but economists are sounding alarm bells about falling currency reserves and dwindling exports.

Source: Pakistan faces political turmoil as PM Sharif ousted in wealth probe

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