Information Security: DHS Needs to Continue to Advance Initiatives to Protect Federal Systems

From: US GAO

What GAO Found

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is spearheading multiple efforts to improve the cybersecurity posture of the federal government. Among these, the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) provides a capability to detect and prevent potentially malicious network traffic from entering agencies’ networks. In addition, DHS’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program provides tools to agencies to identify and resolve cyber vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.

Cybersecurity is the defining business challenge of the 21st century

From: LSE Business Review

The digital era brings opportunities, but also the obligation to protect firm and customers from its pitfalls, writes James Jarvis

Speaking in 1941, a renowned businessman said “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” While John D Rockefeller was speaking at a time when the likes of drones, driverless cars and virtual reality were distant dreams and works of fiction – the central tenet of the quote is firmly applicable to the dilemma businesses face today when engaging in the “digital revolution”.

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MIT: US cyber insecurity a ‘disgrace’ that Trump needs to take seriously

From: ZDNet

MIT says that unless cybersecurity becomes a priority and more than just lip service, US core services will be at risk.

By for Zero Day

MIT experts have warned the Trump Administration that unless urgent action is taken to control the influx of sophisticated cybercrime, US core services and infrastructure will be placed at risk.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, together with the educational establishment’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) said on Tuesday that over the past 25 years, leaders of the United States have done little to promote or encourage cybersecurity solutions, education, and training.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Highlights Concerns Regarding Cybersecurity

From: The National Law Review

Aimee L. Ezzell | Covington & Burling LLP

On March 24, 2017, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave a speech in which he identified cybersecurity as his primary concern regarding the financial sector.  Secretary Mnuchin said in his remarks that ensuring a “safe and sound financial sector” requires cooperation and investment among the various financial regulators.  The Secretary emphasized that he wants regulatory agencies to focus on incorporating cybersecurity in all oversight responsibilities.

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Should a DISA-like agency take over cyber, IT for all civilian agencies?

From: FederalNewsRadio.com | 1500 am

By Jason Miller

Momentum is building for a new cybersecurity agency in the Homeland Security Department. The idea initially proposed by Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, received some crucial support on March 22 when two former federal cyber executives threw their weight behind the idea.