The report summarizes a debate among participants at a November 19, 2013 workshop hosted by the FTC on the topic as well as other submitted public comments. The discussion was limited to IoT devices sold to or used by consumers, not those in a business-to-business context nor machine-to-machine communications.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that cyber weaknesses in the private sector such as in civilian infrastructure and businesses are a serious threat to national security. And since the U.S. military depends on commercial networks, its defenses are still vulnerable.
President Barack Obama urged legislators to act on cybersecurity legislation during his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.
The Defense Information Systems Agency Jan. 13 publicly released guidance that updates and codifies enhanced cybersecurity requirements for implementing and hosting cloud computing systems for certain types of sensitive Defense Department data.
President Obama sent James Clapper to North Korea to bring back two imprisoned American citizens. During the mission, he met with the director of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the organization that likely oversaw the cyberattack on Sony Pictures.
Congressional investigators say the Homeland Security Department and other agencies have taken few steps to address potential cyber threats to building and access control systems within federal offices, labs and warehouses.
Two social media accounts for the Defense Department's U.S. Central Command were hacked Jan. 12, according to a report from the Associated Press.
President Obama will preview several measures to strengthen digital privacy and cybersecurity in a scheduled late morning address Jan.12 at the Federal Trade Commission, before he formally unveils them during his State of the Union speech next week, the White House said.
While a reported cyber attack on a German industrial plant last year may not have risen to the level that the damaging Stuxnet computer worm could have inflicted, a well-regarded Washington, D.C., cybersecurity expert said it was pretty close.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is seeking more information on a recent Office of Personnel Management data breach that could have exposed the personally identifiable information of nearly 50,000 federal employees.