A one-size-fits-all approach to security throughout the electric grid risks diverting resources from the most crucial facilities, the head of the American Public Power Association said during a Senate hearing April 10.
Sharing of cyber threat information by the Homeland Security Department with the private sector presents some modest privacy risks, says the departmental privacy office.
The effects of climate change are already apparent and the world is unprepared for the risks they pose, warns a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
State and local operators of critical infrastructure won't get a dedicated grant program to foster adoption of a cybersecurity framework the government released earlier this year – not unless Congress approves legislation allowing it, said a Homeland Security Department official.
Legislation aiming to improve cybersecurity cooperation between European Union member states passed the European Parliament March 13. All member states would also have to establish a computer emergency response team to handle cybersecurity incidents.
The federal government today released a framework for cybersecurity meant for voluntary adoption within the private sector while acknowledging that work remains to be done in constructing incentives for adoption, and within the framework itself. Framework development has been a year-long effort under the tutelage of NIST, which received a mandate through an cybersecurity executive order.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved by unanimous voice vote a cybersecurity bill that would codify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity and require it to work with the private sector on securing critical infrastructure.
The Homeland Security Department will update its emergency services sector plan by the end of this year to include the need for security protections for the cyber attack-vulnberable NG9-1-1 and FirstNet national public safety broadband network.
The final draft of the critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for nearly a year will not include a separate appendix for privacy controls. In the place of a dedicated privacy appendix, NIST will incorporate an alternative methodology first developed (.pdf) by Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson.
The omnibus appropriations bill that the House and Senate both passed this week would provide $190 million toward the consolidation of the Homeland Security Department headquarters, much less than the Obama administration requested.