Looming Cybersecurity Battle: Who Protects U.S. Pipelines?

From: Bloomberg/BNA

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While that realignment would take an act of Congress, two FERC members argue the Energy Department is better positioned to impose mandatory cybersecurity requirements on pipelines and ensure they’re enforced, replacing the TSA’s voluntary guidelines.

“A pipeline outage, which may be connected to eight or nine generators, poses far more significant consequences today than it did in the past,” Neil Chatterjee, a Republican FERC commissioner, told Bloomberg Environment. Democratic FERC Commissioner Richard Glick also backs a bigger role for the Energy Department.

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White House proposes wide-ranging government reorg

From: FCW

By Chase Gunter

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The plan also reiterates the importance of getting cybersecurity talent into government, advancing recent moves to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce.

Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, made the point that while government needs reform, “structural reorganizations are rarely the most effective way to improve service to our citizens.”

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New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation

From: The Hill | Hillicon Valley

BY HARPER NEIDIG, ALI BRELAND AND OLIVIA BEAVERS

FTC TAKING NEW LOOK AT TECH: FTC Chairman Joseph Simons convened reporters on Wednesday to announce that the agency will hold a series of public hearings to examine whether it needs to adjust its enforcement policies in order to effectively police internet platform companies.

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“It’s the network effects,” Simons said. “It’s the fact that they’re a two-sided platform. It’s the interaction between privacy and competition. And it’s all new so it makes it very appropriate to have this be the subject of hearings and get input on that.”

Draft Reauthorization Pushes NTIA to Investigate Telecom Cyber Supply Chain Threats

From: Nextgov

By Joseph Marks, Senior Correspondent

The draft bill also orders a study on advanced location tech for mobile 9-1-1.

Congress would urge the Commerce Department to investigate cybersecurity threats in the telecommunications supply chain in a draft reauthorization for the department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

The bill, which was quietly released as a discussion draft Tuesday, states a “sense of Congress” that “NTIA should coordinate a forward-looking federal response to cybersecurity threats to, and supply chain vulnerabilities in, communications networks.”

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Trudeau government to kick off talks towards national strategy on big data

From: JWN

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government will take fresh steps Tuesday toward equipping the country for the rapidly advancing era of big data.

The office of Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains has sent invitations to a launch for what it describes as “national digital and data consultations.”

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