House leaders, including Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon, withdrew a bill that would have restructured NIST after Republicans sought to amend it to ban pay to workers caught watching pornography.
Whitehouse Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt used wit to share his wisdom about healthcare information security in a rambling, folksy keynote address this week. He stressed that healthcare organizations of all sizes need to take security more seriously.
"Achieving the objective of near real-time risk management means that organizations must have the flexibility to tailor their assessment activities based on where the information system is in its life cycle," NIST's Ron Ross says.
Cyber thieves shuttering ATMs and enemies disrupting battlefield IT systems are among the concerns of the California congresswoman whose influence on cybersecurity is growing as chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.
Arguably no one has more influence over federal cybersecurity than Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the National Security Agency director, who won Senate confirmation to also be the first head of the military's cyber command.
The co-chairs of the House Cybersecurity Caucus, including Rep. Jim Langevin, introduce legislation that would grant authority to a Senate-confirmed cyberspace director to review and approve the IT security budgets of federal civilian departments and agencies.
Draft legislation began circulating through the corridors of the Capitol complex that would establish - in the words of its sponsors - meaningful privacy protections for Internet users, which they say is particularly important as businesses begin to adopt cloud computing.