The FCC chairman said he wants to work with the private sector to build a new, business-driven model to improve cybersecurity of the nation's information networks.
The House and the Senate are giving cybersecurity some attention through their respective Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding bills.
Improving cybersecurity emerged as the top priority again for federal chief information officers and chief information security officers, according to an annual survey from industry group TechAmerica.
The Defense Department said some cyber attacks to federal and other global computer systems can be "attributable directly to the Chinese government and military," in its annual report to Congress.
Maritime security plans at three high-risk U.S. ports do not address how to assess, manage and respond to cybersecurity threats, according to a Government Accountability Office assessment of their policies and plans. While all of the ports had unique security strategies that dealt with physical security, there were very few policies and plans that specifically addressed cybersecurity, finds the June 5 report.
Thirty-five teams from around the world are competing in what's billed as a "first-of-its-kind tournament" to develop automated security systems to instantly detect and thwart cyberattacks as soon as they're launched, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced June 3.
Across the board, major federal agencies are not consistently responding to cyber incidents, such as computer network breaches. About 65 percent of the time agencies aren't completely documenting actions taken in response to detected incidents, concludes the Government Accountability Office.
While China-based cybercriminals pose the biggest threat to U.S. industry in terms of economic espionage, one of the nation's closest allies isn't far behind, according to Robert Gates, former secretary of the Defense Department. "In terms of the most capable, next to the Chinese, are the French – and they've been doing it a long time," said Gates, during a recent event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations and posted online May 21.
New research out of China says that the United States is the real perpetrator when it comes to cyber espionage.
The federal cybersecurity framework released earlier this year is helping critical infrastructure sectors that previously lagged catch up to those with more expertise, said Ari Schwartz, a White House cybersecurity official.