Sen. Jay Rockefeller, in a letter to Fortune 500 company CEOs, queries them about their businesses' IT security practices and wonders if they agree with efforts by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to block a vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.
If Congress banned the sale of computer wares from Chinese companies to prevent backdoor spying, components made in China would still make it to American shores through products sold by other vendors. Virtually all of them contain Chinese-made parts.
Without understanding the types of information that a system processes, stores or transmits, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration cannot make an accurate determination of the risks to the system, an inspector general's audit reveals.
The continuing loss of data to China suggests that the federal government should carefully assess the cybersecurity implications associated with the expansion of Chinese cloud and mobile providers in the U.S.
Congressional opponents who have blocked legislation to establish voluntary IT security standards for mostly privately owned critical information networks could end up funding such an initiative anyway. Read how.
Sen. Susan Collins, who, like President Obama, backs the Cybersecurity Act, cautions the president against issuing an executive order to protect the nation's critical IT, saying it would send an signal that congressional action isn't urgently needed.
"The costly and heavy-handed regulatory approach by the current administration will increase the size and cost of the federal bureaucracy and harm innovation in cybersecurity," states the Republican Party platform.
The final rules for Stage 2 of the HITECH electronic health record incentive program contain multiple provisions regarding privacy and security. Find out what experts have to say about the merits of the new requirements.
By combining responsible management, risk management and compliance functions and internal audits, organizations will go far in securing their data and systems, says PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner Carolyn Holcomb.
"We find it hard to believe that there are any reasons or basis to oppose this legislation," presidential counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. "I'm just very puzzled as to why individuals would oppose this."
The IRS's monitoring of its systems focused mostly on Federal Information Security Management Act and National Institute of Standards and Technology requirements, which aren't intended to assure the integrity of financial reporting, the GAO says.