"The Federal Trade Commission doesn’t investigate every reported breach, but when it comes to prosecuting data security cases it has an impressive 70 percent closure rate, according to agency officials."
"US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill – because it would allow the FBI to snoop on people's browser histories without a court order, and weakens oversight of the intelligence community."
"After 43 years of inclusion, the UK has voted to leave the European Union in the historically unprecedented “Brexit” referendum vote. Aside from causing uncertainty in the world’s financial markets and across the political landscape, the result has implications for cybersecurity too."
"One evening in March, a group of tech industry elite sat around a table in the private dining room of a Michelin-star restaurant in San Francisco, listening to a talk about how to do their jobs."
"With the haircut that the sterling-euro exchange rate has taken in the wake of the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union, the U.K. has suddenly become a low-cost country for companies wishing to host or process the personal information of EU citizens."
"The largest U.S. banks have significantly bolstered their defenses against an economic downturn, and could continue lending even during a deep recession, the Federal Reserve said."
"Two bills from Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to foster relationships between Homeland Security and cybersecurity researchers passed the House on Tuesday night."
"Last month the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") closed the comment period for its proposed privacy regulations, which we previously wrote about here."
"Both leading up to and during his deadly assault on Orlando night club Pulse, Omar Mateen accessed his Facebook account."
"With the most recent alleged terrorist attack on U.S. soil, as well as the many recent cyber security breaches being announced by U.S. multinational corporations, it appears as though the cyber security and security stocks in general that operate to protect Americans here and abroad may be ripe for consolidation and buyout offers, as the area is fragmented with equity companies that can benefit from mergers of equals."
"In the land rush to digitize the world, the home is the new frontier."
"When employees leave a company and take sensitive data with them, intentionally or not, the repercussions can be massive."
"The FBI has fallen short on assessing the privacy risks and accuracy of a huge facial recognition database used by several law enforcement agencies, a government auditor has said."
"One of the largest defense contractors in the United States is joining forces with the Interset cyber security firm to develop protection programs against insider threats within organizations, Lockheed Martin said in a press release on Monday."
"I was at New York University last week for an International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) forum on urgent threats, which included roughly 75 participants from government, the corporate sector, and a small number of us from academia as well."
"Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, the British equivalent of the U.S. NSA, has warned that terrorists and rogue states are gaining the technical capability to bring a major city to a standstill with the click of a button. He said that the risk to cities like London would significantly increase as more physical objects – cars, household appliances — are connected online in what is called the Internet of Things."
"A key House panel on Wednesday voted to create a new Homeland Security Department agency that reflects the primacy of cyber protection among DHS’ protective responsibilities."
"As the threat of cyberattacks against financial institutions has grown, the response by industry and government has matured."
This is a very tough problem. It would be great if we had something like two years of public service before launching into more lucrative careers -- that way, the government would get us while we were still fresh and full of ideas.
If you're a financial institution using SWIFT, you'd better be paying attention.
"The U.S. Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, detected more than 50 cybersecurity breaches between 2011 and 2015, including a handful attributed to espionage."
"Half of IT professionals admit to maintaining access to their employer's network after leaving the company."
"Tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google, owner of video service YouTube, agreed Tuesday to new rules from the European Union on how they manage hate speech infiltrating their networks."
"A US appeals court ruing that the government doesn't need a warrant to track location data is a troubling development that further whittles away privacy protection in an era of pervasive data collection and tracking."
"Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who first wanted to see whistleblower Edward Snowden put in prison, now says the ex-NSA contractor did a “public service” by sparking a debate on government surveillance, but still insists Snowden should face trial."