FCC: Take proactive steps to protect yourself online

Friday - 6/11/2010, 4:47pm EDT

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  • The FCC is taking a closer look at online security and privacy issues in the wake of that recent breach involving Apple's iPad customers. Joel Gurin is chief of the FCC's consumer and governmental affairs bureau and posted a blog about how consumers can take proactive steps to protect themselves, in addition to what private companies do. Some of his suggestions include using encryption, using anti-virus and spyware software and never assuming that public hot spots are secure.

  • The federal government spends nearly $100 billion a year in network-centric operations and improved cyber defense, according to some estimates -- and that doesn't include cyber-spending in the intelligence community. A new report, Cyber In-Security: Strengthening the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce, says we need a more comprehensive cyber policy and strategy. Jeff Akin is a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton and tells us more. (Read the full story.)

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