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Monday Brief for 21 June, 2021
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Monday Brief for 21 June, 2021

Let's talk deterrence; New data rules for the U.S. and China; and Cool data stats

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Tech Terms

Simplex (sim·plex)a type of communication in which data can only be transmitted in one direction. It is often used in contrast to duplex communication, in which data can flow bidirectionally (back and forth) between two devices.


Cyber Deterrence Must Be More Than Words

What’s New: Last week’s summit between President Biden and Russian President Putin included “clear” and “productive” talks about cybersecurity and establishing “rules of the road” for online espionage.

Why This Matters: A number of high-profile cyber operations — including the recent SolarWinds supply chain hack and the ransomware attack against the Colonial oil pipeline — have been attributed to the Russian government or actors who enjoy tacit approval by Moscow. The Biden administration says Russia needs to change its cyber ways and has publicly stated that the U.S. is stepping up its deterrence efforts.


New Data Rules in U.S. & China

What’s New: The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and China’s legislature have passed significant new data security rules in the last few weeks.

Why This Matters: Washington and Beijing understand the central role digital information now plays in a nation’s economic, social, and political security and are taking action to secure this strategic resource.


The Data Deluge

What’s New: Speaking of data, I’ve been doing some research recently and I thought I’d share some of the more striking statistics that I’ve discovered.

Why This Matters: Data is cool and growing exponentially.


Let’s Get Visual


Nerd Humor


Quick Clicks


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Klon Kitchen is a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.