Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order to ensure the state can better protect its economy and citizens from cyberattack.
The executive order requires the state CIO to deliver a cybersecurity strategy to the governor by July 1, 2016, addressing high-risk cybersecurity areas for the state’s critical infrastructure by:
- Establishing a process to regularly assess cybersecurity infrastructure and activities within the state.
- Providing recommendations related to securing the state’s networks, systems and data.
- Implementing cybersecurity awareness training for government employees.
- Establishing data breach reporting requirements.
- Identifying opportunities to educate the public to prevent cybersecurity attacks and protect the public’s personal information.
In addition, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department has been tasked with updating the state’s emergency response plan to deal with the physical consequences of a significant cyberattack against the state’s critical infrastructure.
Posted on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments
In-Q-Tel, the technology investment firm backed by the intelligence community, has added Magnetic Forensics, a digital forensics software company, to its investment portfolio.
Magnetic Forensics’ flagship product, Internet Evidence Finder, recovers unstructured data -- such as social media, chat messages and e-mail from computers, smartphones and tablets -- and structures the data for analysis and collaboration. It has been used by 2,700 public safety organizations in 92 counties to investigate cases related to cybercrime, terrorism, child exploitation and insider threats.
“Magnet IEF allows agencies to combat the rise in cyber and traditional crimes that are enabled by new technologies by streamlining investigator workflow, reducing case backlogs, and getting to the facts quickly to determine what happened,” said Adam Belsher, CEO of Magnet Forensics.
The partnership will expand the capabilities of the company’s existing products for use by In-Q-Tel partners and “create new tools that help keep communities safe,” said Simon Davidson, partner at In-Q-Tel.
Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 1:32 PM0 comments
The Library of Congress’s efforts to replace the aged THOMAS legislation information database with Congress.gov continue with the additions of a quick search for legislation, the Congressional Record index and a "history of bills" feature.
The Quick Search tool is as a streamlined form-based search using fields similar to the Advanced Legislation Search on THOMAS. Improvements to advanced search on Congress.gov include additional fields and more ways to thoroughly search the data.
Data migrations include Congressional Record Index data dating back to 1995 and legislative text from the 101st and 102nd Congresses from 1989 to 1992. The index even provides annotated entries with links to the referenced Confessional Record and bill details. The state legislature websites page was moved over from THOMAS and now features a map linking to U.S. states and territories legislative pages.
The Congress.gov Appropriations Table now includes fiscal years 2003 and 2004, and the Action on Legislation feature to browse by date has been expanded to include amendments.
Throughout the year, the Library of Congress has added to Congress.gov email alerts, treaty documents and better default bill text, enhancements to the search, browse and accessibility features, user driven feedback, Senate Executive Communications and a series of tip videos. It encourages feedback from users for future improvements.
Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM0 comments
By Mark Fitton and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD — Tired of carrying a wallet? Ready to go all digital, including your state ID?
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has put out a request for information as the state considers the possibility of paperless driver’s license to be carried on a smartphone or other device, such as an electronic tablet.
There’s virtually no cost at the moment for the state to let potential providers know it’s interested in an endeavor and letting them answer questions and make pitches.
But the RFI represents only the early stages of considering such an effort, secretary of state’s spokesman Henry Haupt said.
“This is in the very beginning stage,” Haupt said in an email, adding the secretary’s office is working with a state task force established by the General Assembly.
“Our office is doing our due diligence to look into the feasibility,” Haupt said.
A top concern, he said, is cybersecurity.
Another concern, he added, is accessibility and acceptance by law enforcement, travel hubs including airports and businesses outside Illinois. One hurdle in that respect: There are no national standards.
Haupt noted the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is looking into developing guidelines. States issuing electronic driver’s licenses would want to be sure, after all, that those licenses are honored by states who do not offer digital licenses. And, of course, cost questions will need to be examined, Haupt said.
Companies who respond to the request for information may make presentations to the state in February.
Read the full story on Watchdog.org.
Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM0 comments
Virginia’s Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator gained an important endorsement this week with a four-year platinum sponsorship from General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The agreement will help further Mach37’s public-private partnerships that leverage Virginia’s university, industry and government cybersecurity assets to produce new innovative products and companies.
The Mach37 90-day program competitively selects entrepreneurs to be coached in creating and launching cybersecurity businesses, which are then pitched to investors. So far, the program has yielded 29 new cybersecurity companies.
“Mach37 gives us access to Virginia’s smartest minds and innovative technologies, accelerating the delivery of cybersecurity products and solutions that our customers need, when they need it,” said Nadia Short, vice president and general manager of the Cyber Systems line of business for General Dynamics Mission Systems.
This four-year platinum sponsorship was created to supplement the original funding for Mach37 by the Virginia General Assembly.
Posted on Dec 08, 2015 at 11:55 AM0 comments