‘Nobody’s Safe,’ Connecticut Utility Official Warns

From: Government Technology

Cyberthreats to utilities could result in a prolonged loss of electricity and water, evaporation of company records and breach of customer privacy, a report to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy cautioned.

by Stephen Singer, The Hartford Courant

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Still, numerous problems need to be addressed, the report said. State officials and the utilities said the impact of a loss of service to Connecticut is not well understood and utilities need to increase their attention to response and recovery planning for a major cybersecurity attack.

FCC’s Ajit Pai: Here’s why nanny-state California’s net-neutrality bill is illegal

From: ZDNet

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai takes a swipe at California’s net-neutrality protections.

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Maritime Industry’s Slow Boat to Cyber Security

From: Marine Link

Patricia Keefe

Ports making up for lost time

Despite the critical role the maritime transportation system plays in the economic health of the United States, and despite its fairly recent embrace of all things automated – cranes, vehicles, surveillance and even vessels – the sector has been slow to warm to the need to protect its digital systems and assets.

Post 9/11, security concerns about the nation’s borders, air space and infrastructure, including ports, moved front and center for a brief moment before other concerns, like the search for victims and perpetrators, the cleanup of the site and city, and legislative debate over homeland security needs versus long-held citizen rights, pushed infrastructure to a back burner.

Using Blockchain to Improve Regulatory Analysis and Reform

From: The Regulatory Review

Blockchain could provide essential data on the effectiveness of regulations.

Blockchain technology could be used to change the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) from static documentation of regulations into a dynamic source of reliable information on regulatory impact. With a simple search, anyone could determine how long permit approvals take, which firms or industries are most affected, which regulations require the most paperwork, and any data available on the benefits of regulation.

What Feds Can Do to Guard Against DDoS Attacks and the Botnet Threat

From: FedTech

Distributed denial of service attacks are becoming more powerful, but the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security have urged agencies to lead by example in combating them.

by Phil Goldstein

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The rising prominence of botnets in DDoS attacks also prompted the federal government to take a stronger interest. President Donald Trump’s May 2017 executive order on cybersecurity directed the secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security to lead “an open and transparent process to identify and promote action by appropriate stakeholders” that would improve the resilience of the internet and encourage collaboration around the goal of “dramatically reducing threats perpetrated by automated and distributed attacks (e.g., botnets).”