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FTC Releases 2014 Data Security Update, But Enforcement Questions Remain – EPIC

EPIC – “The Federal Trade Commission has released the 2014 Privacy and Data Security Update. The report is “an overview of the FTC’s enforcement, policy initiatives, and consumer outreach and business guidance in the areas of privacy and data security.” In the report, the FTC explains that “If a company violates an FTC order, the FTCContinue Reading

Technology Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption

CIOs are borrowing from the playbooks of venture capitalists and reshaping how they run the business of IT – by Tom Galizia & Chris Garibaldi “CIOs have historically focused on core delivery and operations with a budget and operating model built around low risk—buying enterprise-class software, building a talent base that could support a well-defined futureContinue Reading

The Akamai State of the Internet Report 1Q 2014

“This quarter’s report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform in the first quarter of 2014, covering attack traffic, Internet connection speeds and broadband adoption, and mobile connectivity, as well as trends seen in this data over time. In addition, this quarter’s report includes insight into NTP reflection & WordPress XML-RPC pingback attacks,Continue Reading

Internet of Things: Connected Home – Survey

“Fortinet® – a global leader in high-performance network security released the results of a global survey that probes home owners about key issues pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT). Independently administered throughout 11 countries, the survey titled, “Internet of Things: Connected Home,” gives a global perspective about the Internet of Things, what security andContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Export-Import Bank, Medicare Fraud, Traffic Safety

AVIATION SAFETY: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management, GAO-14-516: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Status of GAO Recommendations on Risk Management, Exposure Forecasting, and Workload Issues, GAO-14-708T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. INFORMATION SECURITY: Additional Oversight Needed to Improve Programs at Small Agencies, GAO-14-344: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

POGO – SSA Not Timely in Revoking Contractor Data Access Privileges

“According to a recent audit report by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Inspector General (IG), SSA contractor employees had access to the agency’s information technology (IT) systems even after they stopped working on the contract. The IG found nearly a dozen instances when SSA failed to terminate contractor employees’ privileges to access sensitive data when they leftContinue Reading

Federal Appeals Court Releases “Drone Killing” Memo, EPIC Filed Amicus

EPIC – “The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today made public the legal analysis justifying the Administration’s controversial “targeted killing” drone program. The action follows an earlier ruling by the federal appeals court in New York Times v. Department of Justice. The government had argued that this memo could not be disclosed under the Freedom ofContinue Reading

RAND – An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market by Martin C. Libicki, David Senty, Julia Pollak “There is a general perception that there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the United States, and a particular shortage of these professionals within the federal government, working on national security as well as intelligence. Shortages of this nature complicate securing the nation’sContinue Reading

DHS Releases Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), taking an important foundational step toward one of Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s highest priorities: strengthening Departmental unity of effort.  The DHS unity of effort initiative is focused on ensuring that the Department invests and operates in a cohesive, unifiedContinue Reading

GAO – Additional Actions Needed to Improve Reporting on and Planning for the Use of Contract Personnel

Civilian Intelligence Community - GAO-14-692T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. “Limitations in the intelligence community’s (IC) inventory of contract personnel hinder the ability to determine the extent to which the eight civilian IC elements—the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and six components within the Departments ofContinue Reading

CIO/CISO Insights 2014

Achieving Results and Confronting Obstacles: “TechAmerica has conducted an annual Federal government Chief Information Officer (CIO) survey for 24 years, with the support of Grant Thornton LLP. In 2014, 59 information technology (IT) leaders participated in the survey, including CIOs of major federal departments and staff from OMB and Capitol Hill. Professionals from  TechAmerica member firmsContinue Reading

2014 Trustwave Global Security Report

“The 2014 Trustwave Global Security Report is back for another year,…and we again lean on hard evidence gathered from hundreds of data breach investigations conducted last year – 691 to be exact, spread across industries and the world – as well as threat intelligence gathered from our products and security operations centers. Using that evidence,Continue Reading