Cloud & Infrastructure

Transparency group supports DATA Act, standardized reporting tools

The Data Transparency Coalition will lobby for passage of the DATA Act, which would make the Recovery.gov website a permanent portal for standardized reporting on all government spending.

Cybersecurity

FCC, wireless industry battle 'epidemic' of smart-phone thefts

The PROTECT Initiative will use a database of phone and tablet serial numbers to render lost or stolen devices inactive and educate the public on protective steps.

Cybersecurity

White House: Put teeth into online privacy Bill of Rights

An administration official says that legislation is essential to effective protections in the proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Cybersecurity

DHS getting a bad rap on cybersecurity?

Sen. John McCain's recent rant about DHS could make even an airline passenger feel sorry for the department.

Cybersecurity

'No one would tolerate' Internet crime rates in physical world, FCC official says

Officials stop short of calling for regulation of industry cybersecurity but tell a House panel that current efforts are "not working."

Cybersecurity

McCain slams DHS, wants DOD to defend cyberspace

A Senate budget hearing on the Defense Department's Strategic and Cyber Commands became a duel over how the nation's cyber defense should be structured.

Cybersecurity

Napolitano: Cyber threat 'right in front of us'

Cybersecurity would get a 74 percent boost under DHS' 2013 budget request, but some senators question if the department should be securing critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

DOD's 3 challenges in protecting cyber infrastructure

House and Senate budget hearings focused on defining DOD's role in defending a largely civilian cyberspace, and on the challenge of recruiting and retaining the workforce it needs.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity vs. FOIA: Can Congress find a balance?

Sensitive information needs to be protected for the private sector to share it with government, but could industry also hide behind that protection?

Cybersecurity

Can simulated attack on NYC power grid bridge the partisan divide?

The demonstration for senators is designed to stress the urgency of passing cybersecurity legislation sooner rather than later.

Cybersecurity

Can cybersecurity profit from corporate self-interest?

The telecom industry's insistence that all regulation is bad for security does a disservice to those who rely on critical infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

Industry to Congress: Hands off cybersecurity

A panel of network executives warns legislators that imposing requirements for security could hamper them in efforts to get ahead of the bad guys.

Cybersecurity

GOP's alternative cyber bill sets up 'classic Washington duel'

The bill, introduced in opposition to legislation proposed by Sen. Joe Lieberman, places no requirements on the private sector for securing critical infrastructure.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Google: Claims of bypassing Safari security settings 'mischaracterized'

The search giant defends itself against claims of subverting Safari, as Microsoft says IE's settings were also bypassed.

Cybersecurity

Stop playing politics with cybersecurity

The no-regulation stance of Senate Republicans opposing the new cybersecurity bill lessens the chance of getting meaningful legislation passed.

Cybersecurity

Bipartisan cyber bill now the center of partisan turf war

Sen. Joe Lieberman's attempt to strike the "right balance" draws the ire of Sen. John McCain and other GOP leaders, who are planning their own bill.

FCC spectrum auction to fund long-sought public safety network

A congressional compromise allowing the auction to fund the payroll tax cut and extended unemployment benefits also will pave the way for a national wireless network for emergency responders.

Cybersecurity

McCain: Senate GOP plans its own cybersecurity bill

Sen. John McCain says during a hearing on the most recent Lieberman cybersecurity bill that opposing GOP senators have no choice but to offer an alternative.

Cybersecurity

Compromise cybersecurity bill still draws GOP fire

Sen. Joe Lieberman and his bipartisan co-sponsors say it's not SOPA or PIPA and doesn’t have a kill-switch provision, but Republicans committee leaders say it still overreaches.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Legal, policy frameworks can hamper cybersecurity

The current legal and policy framework encouraging voluntary security efforts have failed to protect the nation's infrastructure, but additional regulation could be counterproductive, industry reps told a House panel.

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