Cybersecurity reform was part of a defense bill that included a provision to repeal a law that bar gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters couldn't muster the support to bring a Senate vote on the bill.
"With the right people, process and technology, you could be able to put a system together that would greatly reduce the impact these types of attacks have," says cybersecurity expert Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow.
Community hospitals must become more vigilant about information security, especially as they apply for federal electronic health records incentive payments, says Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
A two-year pay freeze isn't likely to hurt the government in hiring and retaining infosec pros. People often choose to work for the government for a higher cause, to play a vital role in protecting the national interest.
What's embarrassing about the WikiLeaks episode isn't just the precarious position the publication of diplomatic cables put the U.S. in with its allies but the likelihood that one, low-level analyst accessed sensitive data without authorization and then leaked them.