Saturday, April 19, 2014

SEC gears up to scrutinize firms' cybersecurity amid criticism of gaps at agency

A Securities and Exchange Commission office that will scrutinize the cybersecurity of registered broker-dealers and investment advisers has issued guidance, informed by the federal framework of cybersecurity standards, to help compliance professionals assess their respective firms' preparedness.

FCC leads discussion on cybersecurity risks created by landmark technology transition

Greater susceptibility to denial of service attacks and the high costs of shoring up cybersecurity are among the challenges posed by the transition of emergency and public safety functions to an Internet Protocol-based system, telecommunications industry leaders said Thursday at a Federal Communications Commission workshop.

DHS launches process to reconsider 'critical' infrastructure for cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a process to reconsider which infrastructure owners and operators belong on a list of infrastructure deemed "critical" in the context of cybersecurity.

Rep. Wolf receives first report on cyber threats related to federal IT procurement

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), has received the first report from a federal agency on cyber threats related to the government's IT purchases, as required by provisions in the 2013 and 2014 omnibus appropriations bills that were widely seen as aimed at Chinese companies.

Recent News

Report urges building resilience to future cyber shocks

'Heartbleed' episode points to need for strong info sharing and use of cyber framework

Watchdog to help agencies fix privacy gaps in cybersecurity realm

Connecticut issues cybersecurity plan, setting stage for regulation

Symantec to DHS: Focus efforts on raising cybersecurity awareness among small companies

Researchers supporting DHS study whether info sharing reduces cyber incidents

Cybersecurity privacy challenges come into sharper focus, but answers are elusive

Industry praises move on cyber antitrust issue; impact on info-sharing legislation unclear

Telecommunications trade group urges DHS to rethink cyber small-business query

The week ahead: Cybersecurity inside and outside the Beltway

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In SEC filing, Comcast cites increased likelihood of security breaches

In its most recent annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Comcast Corp. argues that cybersecurity risks are on the rise and says there are "no assurances" it can prevent a data breach that would affect its future business.

Daily Briefs

Venable urges data 'firewalls' in response to FTC-DOJ antitrust waiver

The law firm Venable is urging its clients to develop "firewalls" between cybersecurity data and the information handled by employees about pricing and market decisions.

Privacy professionals examine legal implications of security 'seals'

The International Association of Privacy Professionals has announced a meeting next month that will examine the legal implications of "seals" and "certifications" used by third parties to ensure the security of personal data.

Lawyers caution against broad info sharing under FTC-DOJ antitrust waiver

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have attracted widespread industry praise for their recently issued joint statement on waiving antitrust concerns about the sharing of cyber threat information by commercial competitors.

DHS asks industry to share information about 'Heartbleed' bug

The Department of Homeland Security has opened a channel to the private sector to share information about the so-called Heartbleed bug, an open-source vulnerability that could compromise vast amounts of consumer and other data.

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