Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

From: MedicalXpress

by Jamey Keaten And Maria Cheng


WHO said classifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 percent of all gamers believed to be affected.

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO’s department for mental health and substance abuse, said the agency accepted the proposal that gaming disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to “the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world.”

FTC Suggests Considering Security Disclosure Rules for Connected-Device Makers

From: Nextgov

By Joseph Marks, Senior Correspondent

If the Consumer Product Safety Commission required IoT makers to outline their security protections, the Federal Trade Commission could go after false claims.

The government’s consumer safety advocate should consider requiring internet-connected device manufacturers to advertise which safety standards they’re following and which they aren’t, a Federal Trade Commission division said Friday.

If the Consumer Product Safety Commission mandated that disclosure, it would help consumers make smarter decision about the internet-of-things devices they purchase, the Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said in a public comments filing.

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Cyber security rules needed for pipelines: FERC commissioners

From: San Francisco Chronicle

Neil Chatterjee, Richard Glick, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Regardless of where Congress vests this responsibility, the regulator must have the statutory authority, resources, and commitment to implement mandatory cybersecurity standards for gas pipelines. We will be the first to admit that mandatory standards are not a panacea.

The Commission has overseen the implementation of mandatory cyber security standards for the electric grid for over a decade, and there have been many challenges and lessons learned along the way. Mandatory standards for gas pipelines need not be identical to those used by the electric sector and should instead reflect the unique operational risks facing gas pipelines.

FedRAMP looks to NIST for security control refinements

From: GCN

By Sara Friedman

It’s not just the large agencies that are taking advantage of the cloud. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has seen great interest from smaller agencies that want to get cloud services approved for government use. The number of agencies involved in the FedRAMP authorizations has jumped to 135, 40 of which have been added in the past year.

CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE: Agencies Need to Improve Baseline Assessments and Procedures for Coding Positions

From: US GAO

GAO-18-466: Published: Jun 14, 2018. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2018.

What GAO Found

As required by the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act of 2015 (act), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) developed a cybersecurity coding structure under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as well as procedures for assigning codes to federal civilian cybersecurity positions. However, OPM issued the coding structure and procedures 5 and 4 months later than the act’s deadlines because OPM was working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to align the structure and procedures with the draft NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework , which NIST issued later than planned. OPM also submitted a progress report to Congress on the implementation of the act 1 month after it was due. The delays in issuing the coding structure and procedures have extended the expected time frames for implementing subsequent provisions of the act.