Sunday, February 01, 2015

House panel chair sees urgent need for U.S. data-breach notification law

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee plans to swiftly develop national data-breach legislation informed by a hearing this week that brought key policy questions into clearer focus.


Coast Guard urges cyber threat info-sharing to secure ports

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an initiative to encourage industry and government officials to share more information about cyber threats and "best practices" for securing data systems at ports.

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DOD cybersecurity gaps could be canary in federal acquisition coal mine

The latest warning signs of major cybersecurity shortcomings in the federal acquisition system came last week in a Pentagon report that illuminates broad challenges facing an array of agencies and sectors.

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Interest grows in SAFETY Act as cybersecurity tool for business

Approvals of SAFETY Act designation for cybersecurity products trickle out of the Department of Homeland Security at a slow pace, but 2015 could be a year in which the DHS-run liability protection program becomes a major feature of the cyber policy landscape.

Exclusive: Obama to unveil liability relief strategy in info-sharing plan

President Obama on Feb. 13 will announce an executive action to encourage cybersecurity information sharing that could include significant liability protections for industry, according to sources familiar with the plan.

DHS still developing details for small business roadshow

It could be a few months before the Department of Homeland Security formally releases dates and locations for its 2015 cybersecurity small business roadshow, according to a DHS official.

DHS secretary urges action on Obama's cybersecurity proposals

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urged Congress on Thursday to support President Obama's proposed cybersecurity legislation and to pass a DHS spending bill that avoids politically charged amendments.

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Stakeholders sort through FTC report's impact on cyber-physical effort

Senate Commerce panel announces hearing on NIST framework

New Senate homeland security chairman sees common ground on cyber info-sharing

Attorney General nominee urges comprehensive approach to cybersecurity

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Daily Briefs

Analyst: Health sector stands to benefit from 'IoT' security discussions

Vibrant discussion on securing the emerging "Internet of Things" could benefit the healthcare sector as it deals with cybersecurity concerns, according to Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher at cybersecurity firm ESET North America.

Energy industry officials outline cyber milestones

The energy sector cybersecurity organization EnergySec this week offered an update on evolving regulatory requirements for the industry as companies prepare to meet new standards produced by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

House Intelligence panel announces new cybersecurity subcommittee

The House Intelligence Committee has announced a new subcommittee structure that includes a cybersecurity panel. The move, which was a bipartisan decision, adopts an agency-specific approach to overseeing government activities that fall within the committee's jurisdiction.

Featured Document

Revised draft of NIST standards for data encryption

This January 2015 document from the National Institute of Standards and Technology lays out standards for encryption of data and websites. This second draft clarifies NIST's relationship with the National Security Agency, after concerns arose over NSA's involvement in the development of these NIST standards. The document is slated for final release later in 2015, after public comment concludes on March 27.

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