Word is that Melissa Hathaway’s 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity policyÃ‚Â will hit President Obama’s desk this Friday, April 17. Precisely when the White House makes it public will be an indicator of how high a priority this is with Obama, who certainly has his plate full with a few other weighty matters.
A leak of the executive summary of Hathaway’s review sometime in the next 48 hours — in …More
The Wall Street Journal’s scoop that Chinese and Russian cyberspies have established deep footholds inside the networks that control the U.S. electrical grid ties directly into the 60-day review of U.S. cybersecurity policy due to be delivered any day to the White House.
Sen. John Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe this week introduced proposed cybersecurity legislation that would create a cabinet-level cybersecurity advisor reporting directly to President Obama — and also create extraordinary powers to enable the federal government to take over leadership in making the Internet safer.
Cyberinvaders, as a peeved Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. called them today, continue cracking into U.S. government systems with impunity.
Nelson, who serves on the Senate Intelligence, Armed Services and Finance committees,Ã‚Â has just issued a statement disclosing that criminal hackers twice this month cracked into two PC workstations used by three of his key staffers. No classified information was kept on the breached PCs, which were used by Nelson’s foreign-policy aide, …More
The cybersecurity mess on the White House front steps
March 16, 2009
Special to Threatpost
by Byron Acohido (LastWatchdog.com)
March 16, 2009, 7:55 AM
If President Obama thinks fixing the broken U.S. economy is a challenge, and ending the ground wars in the Middle East a conundrum, wait until he gets around to tackling cybersecurity.
Obama must reverse the abject lack of any sort of meaningful coordinated defense against intensifying and overlapping cyber attacks on U.S. citizens, businesses, schools, hospitals, governments and military from unseen …More
The sudden resignationÃ‚Â of Rod A. Beckstrom, the Department of Homeland Security’s seniorÃ‚Â official tasked with unifying the federal government’s cybersecurity intiatives, bodes ill for a new age of transparency and collaborative problem-solving in government. Beckstrom was unable to maneuver around, much less partner with, the powerful National Security Agency (NSA).
In trying to secretly clean up after the series of data breaches of payment card processing companies, Visa and MasterCard are making ineffectualÃ‚Â the data- loss disclosure laws on the books in more than 30 states.Ã‚Â These hard-won laws were intended to put pressure on companies and organizationsÃ‚Â to be more accountable forÃ‚Â sensitive consumer data they collect and store.Ã‚Â In a recent Last Watchdog interview, John …Morekeep looking »