Electric power industry puts cybersecurity to forefront with Trump, lawmakers
The electric power industry is pushing to have their cybersecurity concerns heard by the Trump administration. Electric company executives last week met with top administration officials, including Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and acting deputy undersecretary for the Homeland Security Department’s cyber division Jeanette Manfra, to discuss collaborative efforts concerning power grid security, incident response and cyber threat information sharing programs, Politico first reported. These meetings were described as an initial opportunity for the public and private sector to speak about relevant, shared goals and priorities.
Senators draft bill to turn government’s vulnerabilities equities process into law
The bill, which has yet to be introduced, is said to add clarity, transparency and a level of consistency to the process.
Government hoarding of software vulnerabilities needs more transparency, tech firms say
Several major technology companies are calling for increased transparency from the U.S. government after WikiLeaks published CIA documents showing the spy agency knew of vulnerabilities in software products but did not disclose them.
Where’s Assange? Tech firms are still waiting to receive CIA documents from Wikileaks
A cohort of technology firms named in CIA documents that were leaked more than two weeks ago are still waiting to receive important software vulnerability information promised by WikiLeaks.
Google will provide free cybersecurity tools for election organizers in Europe
As the threat of cyber warfare looms over Europe in the months preceding several crucial elections, Alphabet subsidiary companies Jigsaw and Google announced Tuesday the launch of a security tool package to help election organizers and civic groups ward off hackers and other forms of digital interference. The announcement comes one day after FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that he fully expects Russian intelligence services to once again interfere in the U.S. electoral process in 2020, and perhaps 2018, because of their apparent success in 2016.
Russian bank threatens researcher with CFAA suit over DNS request data
The Russian bank is considering litigation against an Indiana University researcher under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s civil action provision.