Government IT News for VARs -- July 23, 2014

This week in the news, there are reports that a government-grade malware has fallen into hacker hands, while an international collaboration was created to target the Shylock Trojan.  An interview with Mike McConnell reveals his fears of a new major cyber-attack, while Edward Snowden touts SpiderOak over DropBox to protect data from government snooping.  And a recent blog post muses about the future of the NIST-NSA relationship.

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