Sensitive Data Executive Order

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want updates on global technology developments four times a week. Given that I was not able to cover some of the developments over the previous six weeks in the depth I normally would have, I will be going back to examine some of the higher profile items … Continue reading Sensitive Data Executive Order

Data Brokers and National Security

My first Lawfare article has been posted this morning. Here are the first few paragraphs, but read the rest at Lawfare: In the worlds of data protection and privacy, too often there is a decoupling of national security issues and what might be termed non-national security issues despite the clear interplay between the two realms. … Continue reading Data Brokers and National Security

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced “a 100-day plan to improve the cybersecurity of our nation’s electric infrastructure” “a pilot of the Administration’s broader cybersecurity initiative planned for multiple critical infrastructure sectors.” The Administration asserted:This is a coordinated effort between DOE, the electricity industry, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House has finally named its nominees to be the first National Cyber Director and the next Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director. In a statement, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that President Joe Biden’s intention “to nominate Chris Inglis as National Cyber Director and Jen Easterly as the Director … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22, 23, 24, and 25 February 2021)

Further Reading “The Long Hack: How China Exploited a U.S. Tech Supplier” By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley — Bloomberg. This piece argues that the United States (U.S.) government knew of vulnerabilities in Super Micro Computer Inc.’s products used by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) but chose to keep them secret. This article follows … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (22, 23, 24, and 25 February 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Further Reading “‘A kiss of death’: Top GOP tech critics are personae non gratae after election challenge” By Cristiano Lima — Politico. I take these articles with a block of salt, not least of which because many inside the Beltway articles lack perspective and a sense of history. For sure, in the short term the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (29 October)

Further Reading  “Cyberattacks hit Louisiana government offices as worries rise about election hacking” By Eric Geller — Politico. The Louisiana National Guard located and addressed a remote access trojan, a common precursor to ransomware attacks, in some of the state’s systems. This may or may not have been the beginning stages of an election day … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (29 October)