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Cyber Reg Watch: Analysis

The white space between mandatory government cyber rules and voluntary industry security efforts continues to offer opportunities for progress in key cybersecurity domains, and virtual events on Thursday provide a chance to assess work in two such areas: developing a “Software Bill of Materials” and a framework around digital privacy policies.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released a draft working group paper on supply-chain security that examines the benefits of a “software bill of materials” for producing, choosing and operating software.

The House is getting ready to vote on a Democratic election-security bill amid a running patter of GOP criticism, while a procedural move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would block efforts to amend the National Defense Authorization Act with election-security provisions, and the White House singled out additional election funding to states in a veto threat aimed at a separate spending bill.

Congress should require states vying for federal grants to improve cybersecurity for elections and other systems to include metrics on how they plan to spend the money, according to witnesses at a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says cybersecurity for the nation's electric grid is crucial for U.S. economic competitiveness, and that the Department of Energy's proposed budget seeks increased spending for research on securing data and networks crucial to its wide range of responsibilities -- from cleanups to managing nuclear weapons to securing critical infrastructure.

Inside CISA: Analysis

CISA and other top players on supply-chain security are in Israel for the massive annual “Cyber Week” conference in Tel Aviv, while a key lawmaker is interested in CISA's role protecting critical infrastructure if confrontation with Iran leads to cyber aggression against the U.S., and the Trump administration expounded on its election-security plans this week.

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