Saturday, September 20, 2014

White House cyber adviser says update coming on industry incentives

White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel today said the Obama administration intends to issue an update on its incentives for industry cybersecurity efforts sometime over the next two months.


Prospect of federal cyber regulation still shadows voluntary framework efforts

Military leaders and federal officials this month have said government-industry collaboration is the key to cybersecurity – but warned that top-down government regulation may be in the offing.


NIST cyber framework seen as baseline for telecom supply-chain security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework provides a baseline for conversation on supply chain cyber risks, said a Microsoft official Tuesday at a meeting in Washington hosted by the telecommunications industry.

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Senate strengthens DHS authority on cyber workforce in late vote

The Senate has approved language enhancing the Department of Homeland Security's ability to recruit and retain cybersecurity professionals, clearing one piece of the cyber package produced this year by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

FCC official urges communications sector to improve cybersecurity information sharing

The communications sector must do a better job sharing cyber threat data internally, following in the footsteps of the financial services sector, while also improving its ability to exchange such data with other sectors, according to a senior Federal Communications Commission official.

Official: Financial council pilot on cybersecurity yields 'extensive' results

Officials are still assessing the "extensive" results from Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's recently concluded cybersecurity pilot program at more than 500 community institutions, said Valerie Abend, senior critical infrastructure officer with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency at the Treasury Department.

Report: Federal coordination needed to mitigate nuclear cyber risks

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is recommending that federal agencies evaluate the adequacy and coordination of cybersecurity vulnerability prevention and mitigation strategies for specific types of radioactive sources, according to an NRC report delivered to the White House in August.

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Daily Briefs

Lineup set for NIST-HHS event on cybersecurity in health sector

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a cybersecurity event next week to address topics ranging from the NIST cybersecurity framework to data breaches.

Congress adjourns with slim prospects for cyber action in lame-duck session

The House has adjourned and the Senate will head out the door today, leaving behind a long list of unresolved cybersecurity issues and little prospect for action in a lame-duck session.

FCC cyber working group meets today, will offer update next week

The Federal Communications Commission's closely watched "working group 4" meets today to discuss an industry-led approach to cybersecurity, and will offer an update to an FCC panel next week.

Featured Document

NIST presentation on cyber resiliency

This presentation from the 2014 Billington Cybersecurity Summit on Sept. 16, 2014 by Dr. Ronald Ross from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's computer security division examines cyber resiliency. The presentation examines vulnerabilities and good cyber hygiene practices. The presentation states that cybersecurity is "the great challenge of the 21st century" and that cyber problems are not easy to deal with.

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