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China's cyber talent policy that's a decade in the making. The OMB tries to get ahead of the quantum encryption problem. And a Texas-sized cyber policy change for the lone-star state. This is CyberScoop for Nov. 21.

Xi Jinping's cyber army

From the early 2000s to 2015, China’s hacking teams caused havoc for private companies and U.S. and allied governments. In a series of high-profile breaches, they poached government databases, weapon system designs and corporate IP. From the breach of the Office of Personnel Management, to Marriott, to Equifax, to many, many others, the People’s Republic of China’s digital warriors demonstrated the full potential digitally mediated espionage. But if Chinese President Xi Jinping has his way, this litany of breaches represents only the beginning of China’s digital prowess. Dakota Cary writes for CyberScoop.

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Federal networks with quantum-vulnerable systems

The Office of Management and Budget has given federal agencies until May 4 next year to provide an inventory of assets containing cryptographic systems that could be cracked by quantum computers. In a Nov. 18 memo, the White House set out the deadline and said government departments would be expected to subsequently provide an annual vulnerability report until 2035. The fresh guidance comes amid fears that significant leaps in quantum technology being made by countries hostile to the United States, including China, could allow existing forms of secure encryption to be cracked much more quickly. John Hewitt Jones and Nihal Krishan write for FedScoop.

Everything is bigger in Texas

There could be some sizable changes coming to how Texas, the nation’s second-most populous state, manages cybersecurity, according to a biennial report published Thursday by the state Department of Information Resources. The report, which looks back on two years of progress the state’s IT division has made relative to the goals outlined in its strategic plan, also includes recommendations it soon plans to present before state lawmakers. These include creating new cyber-incident reporting requirements for local governments and school districts, requiring government entities to adopt the .gov domain, allowing information security officers to serve as joint officials presiding over several jurisdictions and establishing a statewide chief privacy officer role. Colin Wood reports for StateScoop.

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