IGs: IT and workforce woes plague multiple agencies

From: FCW

By Chase Gunter

In 2017, inspectors general governmentwide identified the top management and performance challenges facing agencies in 61 separate reports.

Now, for the first time, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency consolidated those recurring deficiencies into a single report that identifies the seven most frequently reported management challenges: IT security and management, performance and accountability, human capital, financial, procurement, facilities and grants.

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Schneier talks cyber regulations, slams U.S. lawmakers

Editor’s Note: See The Coming Cybersecurity Regulatory Revolution (2011).

From: TechTarget

Speaking at RSA Conference 2018, Bruce Schneier slammed U.S. lawmakers and Facebook in discussions on internet security regulations and technology policy.

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Schneier had harsh words at RSA Conference 2018 for U.S. lawmakers on the topic of cyber regulations.

Schneier, security expert and CTO of IBM Resilient, spoke twice this week at RSAC about the coming wave of cyber regulations, and the dangers those laws and policies will bring if the lack input from technologists. Speaking at a panel discussion Wednesday titled “Identity Insecurity – Another Data Hurricane Without ‘Building Codes’,” he discussed how new regulations are inevitable in light of recent privacy and data misuse episodes and renewed his call for more technology and security professionals to get involved in the policy-making process.

FERC approves rule to update cybersecurity standards for the electric grid

From: Inside Cybersecurity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved a revised critical infrastructure protection reliability standard on cybersecurity management controls, updating various electric grid cybersecurity standards.

The rule, CIP-003-7, was originally developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and approved by unanimous voice vote during FERC’s open meeting on Thursday, with no debate on the measure.

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Trade group eyes FERC, FCC collaboration to better address utility communications needs

From: Platts


Currently, there is a disconnect at the federal level between those overseeing energy policy and regulations and decision makers in charge of communications policy, Utilities Technology Council President and CEO Joy Ditto said in an interview.

As a result, utilities are finding it more difficult to deploy information and communications technology (ICT) systems essential to reliability, safety, resilience and security, UTC contends. These networks are used by the power and natural gas sectors for smart metering; energy, outage and distribution management; and real-time monitoring of distribution and transmission systems, to name a few of their functions.

The UK Government Seeks Views on the Regulation of Digital Markets for a Post-Brexit Great Britain

From: The National Law Review

ARTICLE BY Siobhan L.M. Kahmann Kevin Coates | Covington & Burling LLP

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has just released a 75-page Green Paper on Modernising Consumer Markets, setting out the Government’s main priorities for the digital economy in a post-Brexit Britain. The Green Paper reflects on the current state of consumer markets and regulation, and lays down the key challenges and opportunities which will be the focus of the UK’s regulatory and competitive framework going forward. This poses consultation questions to stakeholders on hot topics in digital markets, including questions on: the adequacy of the current competition rules and privacy protections, supporting consumer-friendly innovation, use of and access to big data, whether personalised pricing should be regulated, sufficiently protecting customers without stifling innovation, and alternative dispute resolution solutions.