The European Parliament has approved a resolution to suspend a decades-old agreement with the United States on sharing private data in response to revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities in the wake of the Snowden leaks.
Obama administration public outreach is in high gear one month after release of the framework of cybersecurity standards, although the metrics for measuring the effectiveness of the campaign remain in question.
Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, the White House's nominee to lead the National Security Agency, this week pressed critical infrastructure industries to build better defenses against cyber attacks, urged Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation and endorsed calls for a new congressional cybersecurity panel.
Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill has offered a five-step plan for restoring consumer confidence in the wake of recent data breaches, a proposal that includes new requirements for companies that collect and handle personal information, as well as legislation covering breach notifications and privacy protections.
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.