The Department of Homeland Security has invited industry stakeholders to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss its process for updating the list of critical infrastructure at greatest risk of a catastrophic attack, as called for in section nine of President Obama's Executive Order 13636 on cybersecurity.
The General Services Administration is seeking public reaction to the Jan. 23 report it produced with the Pentagon on improving cybersecurity and resilience through acquisition. In Wednesday's Federal Register, the GSA will publish a notice requesting "stakeholder input" on how to implement the report's six recommendations.
Federal officials appear increasingly confident that the framework of cybersecurity standards can stand on its own without extensive government incentives for companies to use it -- even characterizing incentives as a "market intervention" that should be used sparingly.
The House Homeland Security Committee believes that current law provides liability coverage to developers of software for critical infrastructure, something the panel's bipartisan cybersecurity bill would clarify, according to a committee spokeswoman.
The insurance industry has begun using the new framework of cybersecurity standards to inform its underwriting, making compliance with the voluntary guidance a prerequisite for receiving cybersecurity insurance -- in addition to a potential legal benchmark, according to an insurance company executive.
The Professional Services Council has created a "technology policy council," led by an IBM executive, to ensure the association has the "critical leadership and capacity to address, analyze and advocate on the full array of on business policy issues impacting federal technology, including IT acquisition, cybersecurity, data and mobility," PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway said Tuesday in a statement.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board plans to hold a three-day meeting this week including remarks by NIST's Donna Dodson and Matt Scholl on the agency's cybersecurity efforts; updates from White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel and White House cybersecurity privacy director Ari Schwartz; and a NIST discussion on challenges associated with "the Internet of things," according to a draft agenda.
McAfee Labs, in its latest quarterly threat assessment, finds "skyrocketing instances of mobile malware attacks," among other conclusions.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a report outlining cybersecurity "best practices" for small businesses, a move intended to further the state's position as a leader in setting data-protection standards.
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News and analysis of the fifth and final public workshop in Raleigh, NC on drafting a framework of cybersecurity standards.