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Inside CISA: Analysis

Top officials at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in recent days offered detailed looks into their efforts on fifth-generation wireless security, how they are evaluating the need for regulatory moves on cyber emergency response, and on the need for a risk-management approach as the federal government goes about modernizing its own technology.

Promising to “fan out across the country” like “election-security Paul Reveres,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and other Senate Democrats today said they would spend the upcoming August recess trying to increase pressure on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to allow debate on election-security legislation.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is examining “economic levers” that could end up supporting companies like Nokia and Ericsson in the development of fifth-generation networks and potentially create the diverse architecture that is associated with more resilient networks.

The settlement with Equifax announced Monday has stoked interest in consumer data security legislation -- including enhancing the Federal Trade Commission's powers and setting new rules for credit agencies -- though congressional insiders say the issue could remain bogged down this year in the larger debate over a national privacy standard.

The open-internet group Public Knowledge is urging NIST to adopt its proposed “integrated” approach to a privacy framework that mimics the structural “core functions” of the agency's landmark cybersecurity framework, a recommendation that could add to NIST's struggles in reconciling two distinct proposed approaches for developing a final privacy document later this year.

The Pentagon has drafted a new policy to guide software acquisitions, and officials are preparing to test out the pathway next month, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.