How Inter-Agency Cybersecurity Turf Disputes Should be Resolved

Editor’s Note: See, Why OIRA Needs to Coordinate Federal Cyber Security Regulation.

From: R Street

The FTC-FCC turf dispute over cybersecurity needs to be resolved

WASHINGTON – Shifting regulatory mandates have left broadband providers, websites, applications and other private actors in the internet ecosystem without clear direction on which federal agency—the Federal Trade Commission or the Federal Communications Commission—has primary jurisdiction over their cybersecurity practices, a new R Street Institute policy study finds.

IG: EPA infosec needs better management

From: FCW

By Chase Gunter

While the Environmental Protection Agency has an effective information security program, more vigilant management and a more complete security training program are required to better protect its data.

In its annual audit of Federal Information Security Management Act compliance, EPA’s office of inspector general rated the agency at a level three maturity level for the five security function areas: identifying, protecting against, detecting, responding to and recovering from information security concerns.

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The FCC at work

From: AEI


Defense contractors must face third-party risk head-on with new cyber-security rules

From: Compliance Week

Defense contractors must face third-party risk head-on with new cyber-security rules 

Joe Mont

***Potentially lost amid those frequently spotlighted demands are strict, sweeping, and imminent regulations for contractors with the Department of Defense.

In an effort to protect Covered Defense Information—unclassified data categorized as sensitive because it was provided by, or generated for, the Government and not intended for public release—comes Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement 252.204-7012 and rules pertaining to “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.” Yes, it is as complicated as it sounds.

Social Media Monitoring Continues to Concern Civil Rights Groups

Editor’s Note: See, The Regulation of the Social Media?

From: Government Technology

Using machines to translate text and its meaning has been a point of contention among rights groups, social media companies and law enforcement.



The Department of Homeland Security last week issued a notice in the Federal Register that confirmed the federal government has been collecting “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results” on immigrants — including permanent U.S. residents and naturalized citizens — since 2012, a program that was expanded in 2015.