Cyber official: Feds, companies need better dialogue on security of self-driving cars

From: The Hill

The federal government needs to engage with private companies developing self-driving cars to make sure they are safe from cyber threats, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said Tuesday.

Ron Ross said the issue of the federal government’s responsibility to secure autonomous vehicle systems is the “most important question of the day” at a government forum hosted by software company Cloudera.

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HITRUST questions clarity of NIST plan for metrics to measure use of cyber framework

From: Inside Cybersecirity

Rick Weber

he Health Information Trust Alliance is criticizing as unclear and confusing a proposal by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the use of metrics in measuring the effectiveness of the voluntary framework of cybersecurity standards.

“HITRUST understands the subject of cybersecurity measures and metrics is a difficult one and applauds NIST’s attempt at addressing it in the Guide,” the group says in written comments submitted to NIST earlier this month. . . .

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Insider Threats: A Worst Practice Guide to Preventing Leaks, Attacks, Theft, and Sabotage

From: Center for Strategic & International Studies


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moderated by
Sharon Squassoni
Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS
Matthew Bunn
Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science in International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Scott D. Sagan
Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science;
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation; Stanford University; Senior Advisor, Global Nuclear Future Initiative, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science in International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, U.S. Department of Energy

(Cornell University Press)

In Illinois, a unique effort to protect the grid from hackers

From: Midwest Energy News

State regulators in Illinois are staking out a unique foothold in an area of growing concern among public utilities: the security of information and digital assets in the smart-grid era.

Late last month, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) announced the establishment of an Office of Cybersecurity and Risk Management to prioritize and support “the ongoing efforts of regulated Illinois utilities to protect critical infrastructure from cybersecurity risk and unauthorized access to system and electronic data.”

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White House links innovation and cybersecurity

From: FCW

By Sean D. Carberry

The White House is close to finalizing its long-awaited cyber executive order, and there are growing questions over how authorities for modernizing and securing federal IT will be split between the National Security Council and the new Office of American Innovation.


The primary focus of the administration when it comes to cybersecurity will be to protect federal IT infrastructure. That will involve modernizing systems and moving toward shared services and commercial solutions in an effort to raise the standards for smaller agencies that do not have the budget and workforce to focus on cybersecurity the way the Department of Defense does, Joyce said.