US government should work on improving cybersecurity: President Barack Obama

July 11, 2016

MADRID: US president Barack Obama said on Sunday that the US government has to improve its cybersecurity practices for the modern age of smart phones and other technology, saying that hackers had targeted the White House.

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Heather Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management & Resources, delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion on Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships To Combat the Zika Virus at Department of State on July 13, 2016.

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Heather Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management & Resources, delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion on Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships To Combat the Zika Virus at Department of State on July 13, 2016.

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