Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Attorneys: NIST framework sets stage for contractor requirements

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework is vague but could result in standardized requirements for contractors that handle government data, a panel of cybersecurity, privacy, and insurance attorneys said Monday.


Aviation sector launches cyber info-sharing group

The aviation sector has launched its information sharing and analysis center – dubbed A-ISAC – according to a statement from the new body's executive director.

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Government's emphasis on private-sector leadership seeks to ease regulatory concerns

Military and civilian government leaders bluntly raised the prospect of cyber regulation earlier this month, but last week the message from officials across the government was that the private sector is leading the nation's cybersecurity efforts.


Cyber Awareness Month begins in full swing

September wraps up on a busy note and October ushers in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with multiple conferences and workshops examining cybersecurity and policy.


Sen. Johnson's agenda keeps cybersecurity at top for homeland panel

Observing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in action at the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during the current Congress reveals a deep interest in cybersecurity – and an impatience to move on issues that have faced slow going on Capitol Hill.

Rogers: Obstacles remain for info-sharing bill this year

Major obstacles remain for final passage of information-sharing legislation this year during an upcoming lame-duck session of Congress, according to House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), who warned that failure to pass the bill would force lawmakers back to the starting point.

TSA launches market research on potential ISAC providers

The Transportation Security Administration has launched a market-research effort seeking businesses capable of providing a central cybersecurity function for industry stakeholders.

Government contractors increasingly eye insurance to transfer cyber risks

As government contractors work to comply with cybersecurity regulation and standards, they are also increasingly looking to transfer some of their liability risks to insurance, a field that is undergoing extensive changes, according to an insurance attorney.

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Health sector assumes central role in setting info-sharing, data-security requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology on developing healthcare industry-based solutions for sharing cyber threat information and improving risk analyses. These efforts come as HHS is considering guidance under an existing patient privacy law for improving data-security measures by healthcare providers.

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NIST cyber-physical group sets date for next in-person meeting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's working group on cyber-physical systems will hold its second "face-to-face" meeting on April 7-8, 2015.

Obama proclaims cybersecurity awareness month as DHS details events

President Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which begins today, while the Department of Homeland Security has slated different themes for each of the next five weeks.

Signups flowing in for NIST cyber workshop as comment deadline approaches

About 300 people have signed up for the public workshop on the framework of cybersecurity standards that the National Institute of Standards and Technology is hosting Oct. 29-30 in Tampa, FL.

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FCC 'working group 5' report on DDoS threats

This report was delivered on Sept. 22, 2014, to the Federal Communications Commission's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council by "working group 5," an industry-led group charged with developing a strategy to cope with "distributed denial of service" cyber attacks. The report emphasizes the severity of DDoS threats to the communications sector and offers a variety of industry-led responses. The report finds that DDoS attacks are so threatening that "action will be required, not only by network operators but by the entire ecosystem of stakeholders impacted by server-based DDoS attacks."

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