From the IDG News Service:
The U.S. government is mandating the use of the HTTPS security protocol on all of its public websites and web services by the end of 2016.
U.S. CIO Tony Scott on Monday signed the mandate to deploy HTTPS and use HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), a system that instructs a web browser to always connect to a website via HTTPS. That prevents a browser from being redirected to an insecure site.
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