September 20, 2012
Computerworld – Germany’s cybersecurity agency on Monday urged users to drop Internet Explorer (IE) and switch to a rival, like Chrome or Firefox, until Microsoft patches a new critical bug in its browser.
Senators call for ‘cybersecurity’ executive order. This summer’s partisan sparring that derailed a federal cybersecurity law has resumed, with Democrats proposing an executive order and Republicans saying it would levy “more mandates.”
“The nation is in dire need of people who are capable of handling the cybersecurity challenges we face,” professor of computing and information sciences Xinming “Simon” Ou said. “We are lagging behind in the number of experts we have versus the threats.
Cybersecurity: Kay Bailey Hutchison condemns Obama’s ‘heavy handed …
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Amid escalating partisan rhetoric over the bipartisan goal of protecting U.S. computer systems from terrorist attacks, Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison criticized President Obama for a “heavy handed, regulatory regime” that would be created.
National Cyber Security Alliance Announces Theme for Data Privacy Day
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online and official coordinator of Data Privacy Day (DPD), today …
Over the past few years, the Obama administration and Congress have taken a variety of legislative runs at creating comprehensive cybersecurity law. See Also: How cybersecurity is like Star Trek’s transporter.
Cyber security biggest challenge for universal credit, says David Freud
Cyber security is the biggest challenge for the government’s universal credit roll-out, welfare reform minister David Freud has told a select committee. Speaking to a select committee, pensions minister Ian Duncan Smith said government had consulted …
NetLib teams with CIS to fight cyber security
Mass High Tech
Neil Weicher wants to win the battle in cyber security. NetLib, a Stamford, Conn.-based provider of encryption software founded by Weicher, has partnered with the Center for Internet Security, a non-profit focused on cyber security readiness.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said those aged 16 or over and not already working in cyber security could apply to test their ability to guard a computer network but only 150 contestants at most would be eventually allowed.
The FBI’s former top attorney for cybersecurity, Steven Chabinsky, who stepped down this month, thinks the FBI is doing a great job battling the problem, but told the Washington Post that the “federal government” has taken a “failed approach”.
September 18, 2012
Representative Markey is no stranger to mobile privacy issues. Last year, Rep. Markey asked the FTC to investigate the practices of the Carrier IQ software company as a possible unfair or deceptive act or practice.
On September 12, 2012, Rep. Markey, co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, released H.R. 6377, “The Mobile Device Privacy Act.” The legislation would require companies to disclose to consumers the capability to monitor telephone usage, as well as require express consent of the consumer prior to monitoring.
“Just because a mobile device is hand held doesn’t mean it should hand over personal information to third parties without permission,” said Markey in a released statement.
August 19, 2012
Cybersecurity, and insecurity, vexes nations
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Cybersecurity, the subject of this month’s Minnesota International Center’s “Great Decisions” dialogue, is a hot topic in the Beltway, Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. It’s also an important subject in Foggy Bottom and Turtle Bay.
Cybersecurity News Roundup: MyAgent Trojan; Virus Infects Saudi Oil Giant; and Pro-Censorship Hackers. This week’s IT security news roundup features stories on the newly discovered MyAgent Trojan; malware that forced a Saudi Oil Giant to shut down.
What you should know about cybersecurity
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Congress is now in recess. But before its members left town, back on Friday, Aug. 3, they rejected a bipartisan bill that would have established optional “cybersecurity” standards for the computer systems that operate the country’s power grids, dams.
A Cybersecurity Dream Act Alternative
Will Obama use the Dream Act model of bypassing Congress to advance his cybersecurity agenda? Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan hints that such an order could come [see Cat Out of Bag on Infosec Regulation?].
Cyber security and disaster planning go hand in hand
Colorado Springs Business Journal
When the Waldo Canyon fire roared closer to Colorado Springs on June 26, Jeff Beauprez, president and CEO of Colorado Networks, started getting frantic phone calls from businesses along the Garden of the Gods Road corridor.
Today’s cars have grown vulnerable to the threat of computer viruses or hackers — security researchers have even shown how to remotely unlock a vehicle or start a car’s engine using simple text messages. But a group of U.S. students who attended the …
Obama may bypass lawmakers with cybersecurity executive order
Leader and Times
Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the issue might be revived by the White House, a federal law enforcement official told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Monday.
Cyber security boot camp to educate potential cyber spooks
Stephanie Daman, CEO at the Cyber Security Challenge UK, said the cyber camp concept is something completely new for this year’s Challenge: “It represents a great opportunity for our expert sponsors to work closely with a group of young talent.”
Baltimore-area colleges win $4.7M in cyber security grants
Harford Community College will receive $74000 to put toward its work with the Regional Cybersecurity Education Initiative. HCC, University of Delaware and Delaware Technical and Community College formed the education initiative with industry partners …
Blank Rome Lobbying for Motorola Solutions on Cybersecurity, Tax Reform
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)
The lobby shop is advocating for the Schaumburg, Ill.-based telecommunications company on “[i]ssues related to public safety/D block spectrum; issues related to cybersecurity; issues related to tax reform legislation,”
Collaborative Cybersecurity: Why the private sector is essential.
By Paul Nicholas – TwC
The official Microsoft Security Blog provides in-depth discussion of security, cybersecurity and technology trends affecting trust in computing, as well as timely security news, trends, and practical security guidance.
The Cybersecurity Blame Game Continues
The stalling, bickering, almost-breakthrough, and eventual demise of cybersecurity legislation in the United States Senate was a sad thing to watch.