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The issue of cybersecurity metrics figured prominently in a recent Government Accountability Office report and will be addressed in a variety of other policy initiatives in the coming weeks -- in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission, for example.

The Department of Health and Human Services is considering additional cybersecurity and privacy requirements for insurance companies as it contemplates allowing them to manage individual health insurance applications outside the federal government’s online portal.

The recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact would appear to prohibit governments from mandating "back doors" into encrypted technology products, but this may have little impact on the cybersecurity policy debate in the United States, where regulations or legislation on encryption are unlikely.

The National Academies of Sciences is assembling a panel of experts to conduct a yearlong encryption study to inform future policymaking.