Senate Armed Services Marks Up FY 2021 NDAA

Per usual, the NDAA contains a number of technology related provisions, including a some of the CSC’s recommendations. The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation continue to receive attention. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 … Continue reading Senate Armed Services Marks Up FY 2021 NDAA

Congressional Cybersecurity Commission Releases Annex To Final Report

A Congressional cyber panel is adding four recommendations to its comprehensive March report.   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. On 2 June, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) released an annex to its final … Continue reading Congressional Cybersecurity Commission Releases Annex To Final Report

Further Reading and Other Developments (6 June)

Other Developments First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. A number of tech trade groups are asking the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee “to direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create … Continue reading Further Reading and Other Developments (6 June)

OMB Submits Annual FISMA Report On Federal Cybersecurity, Noting 8% Fewer Incidents

The federal civilian government’s cybersecurity metrics keep trending in positive directions, a development the Administration claims can be attributed to its policies.   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. This week, the Office of … Continue reading OMB Submits Annual FISMA Report On Federal Cybersecurity, Noting 8% Fewer Incidents

Following Other Nations, Australia Warns Of Malicious Cyber Activity

Another Five Eyes nation details sustained cyber-attacks against healthcare and COVID-19 related entities.   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. In the wake of similar statements by the American, British, Israeli, and other governments, … Continue reading Following Other Nations, Australia Warns Of Malicious Cyber Activity

Trump Administration Extends Two Measures Against Huawei

As part of its larger battle with PRC, the Trump Administration continues to press Huawei   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Late last week, the Administration took two steps that will continue to … Continue reading Trump Administration Extends Two Measures Against Huawei

Privacy Legislation in the Time of Pandemics

Now that Apple and Google have released their Exposure Notifications API and numerous nations around the world are adopting or adapting it in order to trace exposure of COVID-19, numerous concerns and questions about privacy and data security have been raised about this new form of mass surveillance. Even before the development of this API, … Continue reading Privacy Legislation in the Time of Pandemics

Senate Commerce Republicans Vow To Introduce Privacy Bill To Govern COVID-19 Apps and Tech

Key Republican stakeholders on privacy legislation float a bill on COVID-19 relating to privacy that seems unlikely to garner the necessary Democratic buy-in to advance.   Late last week, key Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced they would introduce the “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” that provide new privacy and data security … Continue reading Senate Commerce Republicans Vow To Introduce Privacy Bill To Govern COVID-19 Apps and Tech

Becerra Deflects Calls To Delay Implementation of CCPA

Through the issuance of a press release, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra answered the calls for delaying enforcement of the “California Consumer Privacy Act” (CCPA) (AB 375), by “reminding consumers of their data privacy rights amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.” Last month, some industry stakeholders pressured Becerra to delay enforcement of the CCPA because … Continue reading Becerra Deflects Calls To Delay Implementation of CCPA

GAO Finds DOD Failed To Follow Through On Its Cyber Hygiene Initiatives

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of Defense (DOD) has failed to fully implement three separate initiatives to instill better cyber hygiene across the Pentagon and its component agencies. This report necessarily throws into question how well the DOD can ride herd on its component agencies and service branches to force the … Continue reading GAO Finds DOD Failed To Follow Through On Its Cyber Hygiene Initiatives