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Cybersecurity

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White House directs agencies in consumer identity, financial protections

Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.

Commerce IG: Cloud service contracts lack needed clauses, security standards not met

A review of cloud computing services in the Commerce Department found missing clauses in contractors' agreements to permit reviews of their facilities and operations, as well as lack of compliance with federal security standards.

White House won't pursue single, large cybersecurity bill

The Obama Administration hopes to overcome resistance to a single, large cybersecurity bill by pushing for several, smaller cybersecurity bills that could increase the odds of passage, said the White House Cybersecurity director during an Oct. 9 event.

Cyberwarfare underway 'all of the time,' says former NATO supreme allied commander

Cyberwarfare is not something theoretical or reserved for conflict in the distant future, but happening continuously right now, said Atlantic Council Board Director Gen. Wesley Clark Oct. 9 at an event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.

Malicious insider attacks among the most costly, hardest to contain, says Ponemon

Malicious insiders, denial of services and malicious code are the most costly cyber crimes for U.S. organizations and account for more than 55 percent of all cyber crime costs per organization on an annual basis, according to an annual report on the cost of cybercrime.

Electronics in cars need more study, greater protection, says traffic safety agency

Although electronics in passenger cars provide many benefits, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is researching ways to ensure they support public safety and are protected.

Security concerns, economic stakes threaten Internet, panel says

The Internet, once an all-encompassing information hub is beginning to splinter as confidence in it wanes because of protectionist sentiments, interoperability challenges and cybersecurity threats, several experts said. Speaking at a Sept. 25 Brookings Institution event, one panelist said that as economic stakes in web-based activity and decreased security take a toll, the greatest challenge is shaping the structural evolution of the Internet.

Paper: Great promise for online voting if security, verification challenges met

Without a vast improvement in security, privacy and verification protocols, broad adoption of online voting – which has the potential to make voting easier and more accessible, improve turnout and reduce costs – is unlikely to take off, a new paper argues.

NIST looks to develop IT tools to protect individual privacy, civil liberties

Information technology professionals regularly employ catalogs and technical standards – one of the most notable is the use of encryption for security engineering. But, when it comes to privacy engineering, the toolset is practically non-existent and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is setting out the remedy that problem.

OMB changes security incident reporting procedures, tweaks FISMA metrics

The Office of Management and Budget said Oct. 3 that new guidelines issued to federal civilian agencies will improve the government's information security posture.