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Cybersecurity worries spur fears of cost and regulation, U of Tulsa teaching cyberespionage and more

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Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • The school that trains cyber spies: U.S. university training students in online espionage for jobs in the NSA and CIA – The University of Tulsa has a little known course known as the Cyber Corps. This program places 85% of all graduates in the NSA or the CIA. The two-year program learn varied computer hacking skills which serve them well in their next roles. Via DailyMail, more here.
  • HHS to open source web survey tool - The HHS will be releasing the source code for its web-survey software. This software, the Voice-of-Consumer, can assign categories and meaning to open-ended answers based on keywords. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • Symantec spots odd malware designed to corrupt databases - Symantec has spotted a piece of malware which is designed to target and change SQL databases. Most of the infections appear to be in Iran, as well as the US and UK. This software does share similarities with Stuxnet. Via ComputerWorld, more here.
  • U.S. Transcom Defends From Thousands Of Cyber Attacks - TRANSCOM “experienced 44,551 “computer network events” during 2011 alone.” The US Transportation Command is very reliant on commercial networks. USTRANSCOM does 90% of their business in cyber, using unclassified and commercial systems. Via Albany Tribune, more here.
  • Cybersecurity worries spur fears of cost and regulation - The political fight around cybersecurity is on the back burner at the moment, but is likely to heat up again in the spring. Via Kansas City Star, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.