Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Source: Interagency effort to streamline standards aligns with NIST framework

An Obama administration initiative to streamline cybersecurity standards across federal agencies is aligning with a framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to a source who has knowledge of the meetings.


Rural telecom group urges FCC, DHS coordination on cyber incentives

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, which represents rural broadband providers, is urging the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security to work together to develop incentives for cybersecurity.

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Cybersecurity policy glimmers in the glare of OPM breach spotlight

Two weeks of congressional hearings on the breach at the Office of Personnel Management produced plenty of heat – and maybe a few rays of light as well.

Weekly Analysis

Congress returns with a short calendar for action on cybersecurity issues

Congress returns on Tuesday to begin a five-week stretch with significant implications for the fate of cybersecurity legislation this year, and perhaps next year as well.

UL, cited as model for cyber testing, has own initiative underway

Underwriters Laboratories, the safety science company that a researcher declared he will emulate with White House backing to standardize cybersecurity testing, has recently launched a similar initiative.

The week ahead: Homeland security secretary talks cyber, NIST hosts cloud forum

Lawmakers and administration officials are back at work this week on cybersecurity issues following the July 4th holiday.

Industry plays unprecedented role in major U.S. Cyber Command exercise

The private sector's recent participation in the federal government's annual Cyber Guard exercise was unprecedented, insightful, overdue and reflective of a growing effort by U.S. officials to involve industry in training to prepare for digital disasters, according to a senior military official.

Recent News

Lawmakers urged to include aviation security strategy in FAA reauthorization

DHS tees up issues for next cybersecurity info-sharing event

NIST cyber-physical group agrees on 'description' for security

DHS examines role of data repository to spur availability of cyber insurance

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Daily Briefs

Lawyers offer 'how-to' guide for SEC cyber investigations

The Hunton & Williams law firm last week issued tips for navigating cybersecurity regulations and investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

RSA report reveals 'low maturity' in cybersecurity

Nearly 75 percent of companies surveyed on their cybersecurity protections have significant risk exposures, according to the Cybersecurity Poverty Index by RSA released Thursday.

Union lawsuit against OPM includes data-security demands for contractor

Government employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management, calling on the agency to fully implement federal data-security requirements and urging a court to require that a contractor be subject to third-party audits and simulated cyberattacks, among other security measures.

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Cybersecurity assessment tool for financial institutions

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council released this cybersecurity assessment tool in June 2015 to assist financial institutions identify cyber risks and measure their preparedness for cyber attacks. According to FFIEC, the assessment offers a "repeatable and measurable process" that incorporates the FFIEC IT examination handbook, regulatory guidance, industry standards, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework.

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