The White House on Friday released for public discussion a draft of its proposed "consumer privacy bill of rights" legislation, one of the policy pieces promised in January along with legislation on cybersecurity information sharing, consumer data-breach notification and stiffer criminal penalties for cyber crimes.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday highlighted the department's cybersecurity efforts and urged lawmakers to support its budget request to fund the initiatives.
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It's early in the process but the Obama administration once again seems to be taking an arm's-length approach to a Senate Intelligence Committee cybersecurity information-sharing bill, while encouraging the efforts of the House Homeland Security Committee on the issue.
The focus of cyber action this week is on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin scrutinizing budgets for federal agencies that deal with cybersecurity and hold hearings examining cyber threats and possible legislative solutions.
White House and Department of Homeland Security officials this week have been taking visible steps to ensure a tight bond with the congressional homeland security panels -- an outreach effort spurred most immediately by the DHS budget impasse, but carrying big implications for cybersecurity legislation as well.
Judges for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals questioned whether the Federal Trade Commission should be the nation's cybersecurity "cop" and suggested a "comprehensive regulation" for securing the data of both businesses and the government.
Industry and online privacy advocates alike are sharpening their arguments as the Senate Intelligence Committee and House homeland security and intelligence panels move closer to action on cybersecurity information-sharing legislation.
Federal officials engaged in an interagency initiative to address cyber issues in late January heard from representatives of the tech, energy, financial, healthcare, communications and other sectors as they examined approaches to cybersecurity risk management.
The House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee on Tuesday took a step back from the accelerating legislative push underway at other panels in order to examine the cyber threat landscape more broadly -- and to seek input from industry security professionals on how to deal with threats and what Congress should be doing.
About 1,467 financial institutions in 86 countries are impacted by so-called Trojan attacks -- malware that can result in loss or theft of financial data or disrupt financial networks -- but companies in the United States have been hit by the most infections, a new Symantec report finds.
The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday that federal authorities had refused to release through the Freedom of Information Act various documents related to the government's purchase, use and disclosure of zero-day exploits.
Lawmakers are pressing the Federal Aviation Administration to address cyber vulnerabilities in air traffic control systems, following a Government Accountability Office report identifying FAA shortcomings.
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This Feb. 25, 2015 memo from President Obama formally establishes the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center and sets a September 2016 deadline for it to become fully operational. The memo defines the center's role in the federal government's response to cyber issues. The new center will gather cyber threat intelligence from across the intelligence community.