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The state of cyber affairs

This fall has been rich in cyber security and privacy news, both domestically and internationally. The U.S. – China cyber agreements announced by President Obama and President Xi Jinping are an important first step in addressing bilateral tension over the growing number of cyber attacks against American companies. Around the same time, the long-fought national debate over government mandated backdoors into encryption technology was diffused by the Obama administration’s decision not to seek legislation to force companies to decrypt user data. Both of these significant developments do not come in a vacuum, but are intimately connected to the broader issue of re-building trust between businesses, governments and online citizenry while strengthening the security of national and global economies against criminal attacks.

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