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.
The administration is exploring issuing an executive order to direct federal agencies to secure the nation's critical infrastructure by working with the private sector to develop security standards, says John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.
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.
Thor Ryan, chief security officer at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, offers lessons learned as a result of his organization's $1.7 million settlement following a HIPAA compliance investigation triggered by a small breach incident.
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.
An advisory panel wants a multi-factor authentication requirement included in Stage 3 of the HITECH Act electronic health record program. Find out under what circumstances that requirement would apply.