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Feds launch privacy discussion around commercial, private use of drones

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants input on a range of issues from the structure of a new multistakeholder group addressing these issues to specific questions around privacy, transparency and accountability.

Military to have initial cyber offensive capabilities in 18 months, says Adm. Rogers

While U.S. Cyber Command is well positioned to protect Defense Department networks and even engage in "active defense," meaning it can launch a range of proactive measures against cyberspace adversaries, true cyber offensive capabilities have been lacking – until now.

 

FTC's authority over data regulation remains unclear

It's still unclear whether the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority when it brought legal action against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts for negligent data security standards. An appellate court heard arguments in the case this week.

CISOs must first define the risk, cybersecurity analyst tells Congress

To combat continued and growing threats, cybersecurity officials should utilize a two-step process, said a network security firm executive speaking before Congress. "Step one is to define the risk, and step two is to measure progress by combining ways and means to achieve defined ends," said Richard Bejtlich, chief security strategist at FireEye.

Nuclear safety agency does poor job securing its networks, data, says FISMA report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency tasked with ensuring the safety of the nation's nuclear power plants, is doing a poor job of securing its own networks and data. That was one of the many findings of the latest Federal Information Security Management Act report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget.

Spotlight: Clinton never used State Department email

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used an official government email address, reported the New York Times March 2. 

GSA extends Networx contracts

Agencies now have a little more time before they have to transition their Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise contracts to a new contract vehicle. The General Services Administration will extend those contracts for three years, giving agencies until 2020 to move from Networx to a new vehicle for their telecommunications needs.

Critics say White House's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights falls short of expectations, protections

The proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights would require companies that collect, retain and use personal data of consumers to clearly, concisely and easily provide notices about their privacy and security practices.

Senate intel committee's draft cybersecurity legislation gets panned by privacy, security coalition

According to the letter – signed by groups such as New America's Open Technology Institute, American Civil Liberties Union and Competitive Enterprise Institute and security experts such as Bruce Schneier – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, of 2015 "would significantly undermine privacy and civil liberties."

GAO: FAA not doing enough to protect control systems from cyber attacks

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't done enough to protect its air traffic control system from cyber attacks, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report. "Significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system," the GAO says in the report.

Europol report: Emerging technologies, cyber world transforming future of organized crime

The report is a first from Europol in terms of predicting what the future of organized crime in the EU will look like – particularly new developments in how it will operate, changes in its structure and shifts in criminal markets.

Clapper highlights cyber as top US security concern

As cyber attacks grow more sophisticated and persistent, the United States must be prepared for a cyber event of massive scale, said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper while delivering the Intelligence Community's "Worldwide Threat Assessment" to Congress.

DoD should establish '3D printing czar,' says paper

While the Defense Department has begun some experimentation with 3D printing, it will not leverage the technology's full potential unless it establishes a coordinating body or "3D printing czar" to oversee efforts department wide, according to a new paper from a technology and policy think tank.

Army Research Laboratory releases new comprehensive science and technology plan

The so-called Technical Implementation Plan, which identifies two dozen program areas from high-performance computing and alternative energy to intelligent vehicles and even cybernetics, will guide the laboratory's technical strategy from 2015 to 2019.

GAO: DoD IT programs not meeting baselines may result in possible cost overruns, limited oversight

The Government Accountability Office focused on major automated information system, or MAIS, programs such as communications, logistics, management, and command and control systems. In fiscal 2013, DoD spent about $4.4 billion on MAIS programs out of the nearly $31.9 billion earmarked for IT investments.

Spotlight: GSA issues draft RFP for NS2020

The General Services Administration Feb. 28 posted a draft request for proposal for Network Services 2020.

GAO reports poor visibility into IRS IT investments

Reporting on the Internal Revenue Service's information technology investments is unreliable in terms of cost, schedule and scope of performance, says the Government Accountability Office.

DARPA touts advances in deep Web search through Memex

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to shine light into the "dark Web" – the intentionally hidden portion of the World Wide Web which often provides those exchanging information with anonymity and encryption that deters monitoring.

Spotlight: FCC passes net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted Feb. 26 to codify new net neutrality regulations for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies to zip their content faster to consumers. 

Cyber deterrence 'relatively immature,' says head of US Cyber Command

"The concepts of deterrence in the cyber domain are still relatively immature," said Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command.