Senate Focuses on Information Security

Hearings on Cybersecurity and Gov 2.0 Scheduled
Senate Focuses on Information Security
Information security will be center stage in Congress on Tuesday as two Senate panels hold hearings on the topic, and legislation to update the Federal Information Security Act of 2002 is expected to be introduced.

In the morning, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, chaired by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (pictured, at left), I-Conn., will hold a hearing entitled Cyber Security: Developing a National Strategy. Among those scheduled to testify are Stewart A. Baker, former Homeland Security assistant secretary for policy; James Lewis, director and senior fellow for technology and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sponsor of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency; Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute research director; and Tom Kellermann, Cybersecurity Commission member and vice president of security awareness at Core Security Technologies, a provider of audit, penetration testing and software products and services.

A few hours later, the committee's Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security chaired by Sen. Tom Carper, D.-Del., will hold a hearing entitled Government 2.0: Advancing America into the 21st Century and a Digital Future, which is expected to also cover FISMA reform. Among its witnesses: federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who's serves as the administrator of e-Government and IT in the White House Office of Management and Budget; Karen Evans, his immediate predecessor; David Powner, director of IT issues at the Government Accountability Office; and Philip Bond, president of the IT trade group TechAmerica.

Here are some recent postings on related to these hearings:

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

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Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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