Silicon Valley, Say Hello to the Next Generation of Ralph Naders

Editor’s Note: As CRE pointed out over five years ago, cyber regulation through litigation is not cost effective. CRE continues to advise companies on how to protect themselves from both cyber-attacks and the plaintiff’s bar. See here, here, and here.

From: The Washington Post

To regulate Silicon Valley, follow the path we took with the auto industry

By Andrew Keen

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In 1965, Ralph Nader published “Unsafe At Any Speed,” his bestselling exposé about the mortal dangers of cars without seat belts. Poorly designed cars had, Nader showed, increased the deaths on American roads by 38 percent between 1961 and 1965. The economics of what he called “highway carnage” were equally appalling, costing America more than $66 billion in today’s dollars in property damage, lost wages, and medical and insurance expenses.

FERC moves to shore up potential cyber vulnerabilities

From: Utility DIVE

Dive Brief:
  • Federal regulators have approved revisions to cybersecurity rules surrounding “transient electronic devices,” such as thumb drives and laptops, in the latest effort by the energy sector to shore up its defenses.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued a final rule approving a revised Critical Infrastructure Protection reliability standard. The rule directs the North American Electric Reliability Corp. to make changes to standards to “further mitigate the risk of malicious code” from some transient devices.

Threats to federal IT supply chain growing bigger, more serious

From: Federal News Radio

By Jason Miller

The nervousness over the security of the technology agencies are buying may have hit the necessary crescendo needed to change behaviors. The U.S. China Commission issued its final report on supply chain risks to federal IT last Thursday and the findings show the threat from China and other countries is not only real, but agencies already are in trouble.

Fearing New Government Rules, Tech Titans Promise Security Vigilance

From: Roll Call

Lawmakers also may be likely to push for new legislation

Gopal Ratnam

Cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand on the East Lawn of the Capitol ahead of his testimony on the Hill on April 10. The tech industry increasingly is questioning its security practices. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

SAN FRANCISCO — New European privacy rules, the spotlight on Facebook’s role in the 2016 elections, and the potential that cyberattacks targeting devices could harm consumers in their homes are propelling the tech industry to question its security practices and prompting top executives to promise to make amends.

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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