The White House will be recruiting its first chief information security officer in the coming two or three months to help address federal agencies' cybersecurity issues. The officer, who will be part of the Office of Management and Budget, will be responsible for ensuring that government workers are knowledgeable about the basic ways to boost computer security.
Some private-sector cybersecurity officials are expressing concern over government policies such as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act after the expansion of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Maryland. "Engaging with the government within the cyber domain has been dominated by the intelligence community. ... [It's] been a catastrophic mistake," says RSA President Amit Yoran.
Australia will be home to Oxford University's first Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre satellite location. The research and education will be integrated with a new Oceania Cyber Security Centre, which is being sponsored by the Australian government.
The British government is turning to video games to help entice a new generation of cyberwarriors into the field. The second annual Cyber Security Challenge Masterclass -- judged by members of the UK's GCHQ, National Crime Agency and other groups-- used on-demand gaming to assess skills and identify participants for a simulated cyberattack.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Audi have invented a robotic driving companion that reminds drivers to slow down and wear their seat belts. The system includes a robot with a small video camera focused on the driver.