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Phyllis Schneck: Tech Industry’s Trust Key to Nat’l Cyber Efforts

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, has said that she will prioritize work to build trust with the technology industry to move U.S. cybersecurity efforts forward, USA Today reported Thursday. Erin Kelly writes that many companies have been wary of information exchanges with the government and feat potential …

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Ron Johnson: Congress Must Balance Cyber Info-Sharing, Data Breach Notification Issues

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he believes that Congress can help strengthen U.S. cybersecurity efforts if it pushes for public-private information sharing with liability protections and notification procedures for data breach incidents. Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on The Hill …

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NTIA Opens Public Comment on Drone Privacy, Transparency Issues

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants public feedback on the potential accountability, transparency and privacy implications of a program that would allow drones to fly in national airspace. NTIA said Thursday in a Federal Register notice that it seeks input from industry, academia and civil society to address concerns …

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NIST’s Trusted Cyber Identities Strategy Offers Funding for 2015 ID Mgmt Pilots

The National Program Office of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace has launched the fourth round of funding available for pilot programs on identity management technologies for online transactions. Jeremy Grant writes Thursday on the NSTIC blog that the strategy will fund private-sector companies to develop online authentication technologies that …

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Senate Homeland Security Panel Consults With Experts on Future Cyber Info-Sharing Bill

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is working with representatives from industry and civil liberties groups to develop potential legislation on cyber information sharing, USA Today reported Wednesday. Erin Kelly writes that the move begins congressional efforts to craft and pass a bill that will give incentive to the private sector for collaborating …

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Michael Daniel: White House Cyber Plans Focus on Laws, Partnerships, Workforce

President Barack Obama is pushing forward the administration’s cybersecurity agenda ahead of his State of the Nation address with proposals of cyber-related policies, new partnerships with the private sector and hires of cybersecurity workers. Michael Daniel, a special assistant to the president and the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, wrote in a piece published Wednesday on the …

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Report: Congress Could Prioritize Cyber Info Sharing Legislation

The new Congress could put cybersecurity legislation at the top of its agenda as it convenes amid ongoing concerns regarding cyber attacks and data breaches, GovInfoSecurity reported Tuesday. Eric Chabrow writes that some analysts see potential legislation that would focus on the sharing of threat information between government and industry. “One of the …

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Leslie Caldwell: Justice Dept. to Form Team on Cybersecurity, Privacy

The Justice Department‘s criminal division will soon have a dedicated cybersecurity group that will give legal guidance on electronic surveillance cases and collaborate with U.S. lawmakers on cyber legislation, The Hill reported Thursday. Cory Bennett writes that Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the cyber unit will work with both industry and government to address cybersecurity and privacy concerns. “Given …

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Report: Agencies Reviewing Draft of Future EO on Federal Drone Operations Transparency

The administration could soon issue an executive order requiring all federal agencies to release information to the public regarding their aerial surveillance activities using drones, The Washington Post reported Friday. Craig Whitlock reports that the directive would target data only on federal drone operations in U.S. airspace, such as the flight path and applications for …

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US Deputy CTO Nicole Wong Steps Down

Nicole Wong has departed her role as the White House’s deputy chief technology officer and will be moving back to her California hometown, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Kate Tummarello writes that Wong joined the government in May 2013 after serving in legal positions at Twitter and Google. “Nicole is …

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