APPLE’S PERSPECTIVE: Forbes’s Steve Morgan reminded readers about Apple’s outsize role in the debate over encryption. “The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have amplified the government’s contention that strong encryption is putting our country (and our allies) at risk. This creates fear, uncertainty, and doubt for the American people – given that most of us do not understand the intricacies of encryption,” Morgan wrote. “Tim Cook, CEO at Apple, was at The Wall Street Journal’s technology conference, WSJD Live last month when he said ‘I don’t know a way to protect people without encrypting.’ Apple has been criticized by the government – and praised by users – for building strong encryption into their newest iPhones. ‘You can’t have a backdoor that’s only for the good guys,’ added Cook.”
‘NOT PROPERLY POSITIONED’: The State Department’s inspector general said in a new report that the department is not fully compliant with federal information security standards. “Many specifics in the report were redacted, but one key conclusion was that the department’s CIO was ‘not properly positioned within the organization to ensure that the department’s information security program is effective.’ Furthermore, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and other bureaus are not required to keep the CIO apprised of information security risks, the report states. Steven Taylor, who has been the department’s CIO since April 2013, oversees State’s $1 billion IT budget. In a response to the OIG’s report, he argued that the department is making progress on security,” FCW reports.