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The hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, allegedly by Russia, is causing headaches for the party as its convention opens in Philadelphia, but it also points to ongoing uncertainties about government and private-sector roles in defending cyberspace.

The Democratic Party's 2016 platform and Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her vice presidential running mate indicate an increased focus on international norms of behavior in cyberspace and deterrence policy, along with a continuation of many of President Obama's cyber policies, as the Democratic National Committee deals with the fallout from a breach prior to this week's convention in Philadelphia.

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As the Obama administration moves forward on automated information sharing to address cyber threats in real-time, a central component of this machine-to-machine strategy will likely be human intervention and the role of manual backup systems in the event that a hack takes down the electricity grid or other industrial operations.

While the focus of the political community shifts from the Republican to the Democratic national convention this week, cyber policymakers and stakeholders are discussing the shortage of skilled cyber workers, vulnerability disclosure and other issues.