German cybersecurity agency prods users to ditch IE

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.

Democratic senators call for ‘cybersecurity’ executive order
CNET

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.”

Cybersecurity scholarships to be offered
UPI.com

“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 …

When it comes to cybersecurity law, where do we draw the line?
ZDNet

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
ComputerWeekly.com

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.

UK spy agency tests Britons’ cyber skills
Reuters

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.

Former FBI Cybersecurity Official Steven Chabinsky Thinks FBI is Doing Great …
ticklethewire.com

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”.

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.

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.

CIO Magazine Cybersecurity News Roundup: MyAgent Trojan; Virus Infects Saudi Oil Giant

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
BankInfoSecurity.com (blog)

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.

The Battelle CyberAuto Challenge encourages students to pursue cybersecurity.
LiveScience.com

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
ComputerWeekly.com

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
Bizjournals.com

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.

State Worker Notebook: Privacy a concern for some employees
Statesman Journal

The idea of context-specific privacy is gaining a lot of cachet, so much so that the Obama administration features it as a major aspect of a proposed new Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. “Consumers have a right to expect that companies will collect, store and use personal information in a manner consistent with the context within which it’s collected.

Third annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference opens today in Seattle
Virtual-Strategy Magazine

The White House recently recommended a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, and the European Union is days away from requiring companies to get consent from website visitors before storing advertising cookies on their devices.

San Francisco Tackles the Issue of Unlawful Government Surveillance
Highbrow Magazine
by Elliot Owen

San Francisco civil rights advocates who are concerned about what they call domestic spying on the city’s Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities are celebrating new legislation signed into law on May 9.

US Senator Takes Wrong Turn on DOJ’s GPS Tracking Requests
eWeek

US Senator Al Franken’s letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the US Justice Department requests for GPS location data from phone companies appears to be based on a flawed understanding of the law.

Failure of credit-reporting agencies to fix mistakes afflicts thousands
Toledo Blade

They can look like harmless errors: A misspelled name. A transposed number. A paid debt listed as past due. Mistakes on credit reports can inflict widespread damage. And because there are insufficient rules on how credit-reporting agencies must correct them, Americans are left virtually powerless to erase the mistakes.

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