Are Agencies Drowning in Data Mandates?

From: Nextgov

By Mohana Ravindranath

Federal agencies might be struggling to keep up with several concurrent mandates to make public, and to standardize the format of, their data.

Earlier this month, a group of lawmakers announced efforts to make all federal data sets open to the public, under forthcoming legislation known as the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act, or the OPEN Government DATA Act.

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The Situation Report: NIST Framework Mandatory? Open Source Rebellion at DHS?

From: MeriTalk


The New De Facto Voluntary Standard

My Gaithersburg, Md., listening post has picked up strong signals that there’s a new mandatory cybersecurity standard in town. The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, developed in 2014 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in close cooperation with industry, has always been a voluntary guide for organizations of all types and sizes to apply common best practices in risk management.

Lee Kelly: How big data, internet of things are impacting EPA security

From: 1500 AM

By Tom Temin | @tteminWFED

Lee Kelly, IT specialist, EPA

Stung by breaches and facing a rasher of policy mandates, federal agencies are using network upgrades as opportunities to improve cybersecurity. Lee Kelly, IT specialist and special assistant to the Environmental Protection Agency’s senior information security officer, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how the internet of things and big data are affecting EPA’s network security.


Flurry of Regulatory Activity Helps Frame Privacy and Data Security Priorities for Health Tech Innovators

From: Lexology

Jill DeGraff ThorpeMarc Roth and Jared Augenstein | Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

NIST looks to reengineer thinking about cyber

From: FCW

By Mark Rockwell

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is set to release an overhauled systems security engineering document it hopes will change the way software and computer designers think about cybersecurity.

An updated draft of NIST’s 800-160 document will be released for public comment on May 4. According to its lead author, Dr. Ron Ross, the new 800-160 will kick off a difficult discussion over not only how federal agencies approach cybersecurity, but also how U.S. business and general population should think about it — not just as an add-on, but as an foundational component of any technology that touches the Internet.