White House: Cybersecurity Requires Risk Management, Agency Accountability

From: FedTech

Rob Joyce, the Trump administration’s cybersecurity coordinator, calls on agencies to flag outdated systems and modernize networks.


The Trump administration thinks federal agency heads should not pass the buck on cybersecurity to their CIOs or CISOs, according to a top cybersecurity official.

Speaking at Wednesday’s MeriTalk GovProtect17 conference in Washington, D.C., Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, said that President Trump’s executive order on cybersecurity, issued May 11, will compel agencies to identify their cybersecurity risks and build defenses around them. Only by identifying and acknowledging risks can proper cybersecurity defenses be mounted, Joyce said, adding that agency heads can no longer pass off responsibility for cybersecurity to their subordinates.

Oklahoma CIO Raises Concerns About Duplicative Cybersecurity Efforts Stemming From Federal Mandates

From: Government Technology

During his June 21 testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Cybersecurity Regulations, James “Bo” Reese discussed the disjointed nature of federal cybersecurity regulations and the impact they have on day-to-day operations.


“Voluminous,” “disjointed” and “complex” were just a few of the words Oklahoma CIO James “Bo” Reese used to describe the federal cybersecurity regulations facing states in written testimony before a U.S. Senate committee June 21.

Reese, who also serves as the vice president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), discussed some of the issues states face when complying with federal cybersecurity regulation with members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Wednesday morning.

Greece Is Succumbing to Contraband Tobacco

From: Kathimerini English Edition | New York Times

Almost four in 10 cigarettes on the market are contraband

Trade in contraband cigarettes on the Greek market has spun out of control this year as Kathimerini understands that illegal tobacco products currently account for more than 33 percent of purchases.

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Report finds no immediate concerns about grid reliability

From: Midwest Energy News

The North American power grid is reliable and resilient despite the growth of variable, renewable energy sources as well as an increasing risk of both cybersecurity and physical threats.

That’s the conclusion of a new report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC), a not-for-profit regulatory body that oversees reliability of North America’s power system.

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Crypto in Europe: Battle Lines Drawn

From: GovInfoSecurity

EU Seeks Mandatory End-to-End Encrypted Communications

The EU wants messaging systems – including apps such as Facebook Messenger, Telegram and WhatsApp – to have mandatory end-to-end encryption, and to prohibit any attempt by governments to create backdoors in such messaging systems.

Those proposals are part of a number of changes being put forward to update a 2002 EU electronic privacy directive, transforming it into a regulation that would take effect at the same time as the EU General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.

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