Archive for December, 2011

Will 2012 Be the Year for Cybersecurity Legislation?

posted by in Cybersecurity December 22, 2011

Could it be that after years of false starts and dashed hopes, the logjam is about to break on cybersecurity legislation? It is too soon to be sure, but one thing is abundantly clear: There is significant movement in both chambers of Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has informed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that he intends to bring comprehensive cybersecurity legislation to the floor in the first working period of the New Year. The ranking Republican members of four key Senate committees countered with a letter to President Obama urging that cybersecurity legislation focus on four near-term measures for which there would likely be broad support: information sharing, reforming the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) (more…)

Guest Post: Key Steps Forward in Managing Cybersecurity Risks

posted by in Cybersecurity December 6, 2011

To understand the pressing need for effective cybersecurity policies, consider first how much we rely on information technology. In 2010, there were nearly 332 million personal computers in use in the United States — one for every man, woman, and child, with 20 million or so left over. In addition to all those PCs, there were another 148 million enterprise servers, tablet computers, eReaders, and smartphones exchanging both mundane and highly sensitive information across public and private networks. In fact, we rely on information technology for almost everything we do as a society — from personal tasks, such as paying bills and finding our way to new places, to matters central to the public interest, such as operating nuclear power plants and the country’s electricity grid.