President’s signature on defense bill will start clock on federal IT modernization, cyber effort

From: Inside Cybersecurity

Joshua Higgins

President Trump’s impending signature of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act will kick off a 90-day effort to stand up a new IT modernization board tasked with overseeing cybersecurity of federal IT procurement, as part of the Modernizing Government Technology Act added to the defense measure.

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Senate appropriators ramp up cyber at DHS

From: FCW

By Derek B. Johnson

On Nov. 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee released a draft funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The bill delves into a range of cybersecurity and technology issues confronting DHS and makes it clear that Congress views protecting federal information systems as one of the department’s top priorities for 2018.

“The bill … recommends an unprecedented level of investment in cybersecurity,” the committee wrote in its explanatory statement accompanying the bill.

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EU to Require Cybersecurity Certification of all Information Products and Services?

From: European Commission

Proposal for a regulation
Cybersecurity Package

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Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on ENISA, the “EU Cybersecurity Agency”, and repealing Regulation (EU) 526/2013, and on Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification (”Cybersecurity Act”)

DHS S&T Announces Licensing of Infrastructure Security Technology from Transition to Practice Program

From: DHS Press Release

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the commercialization of another Transition to Practice (TTP) program technology—the sixth marketplace transition in the last six months.

The industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity solution—called SerialTap—was licensed exclusively by IP Group, an intellectual property commercialization company that provides insight, capital and supporting infrastructure to technologies from universities and laboratories. It was transferred to a newly formed portfolio company called Cynash, Inc., which will introduce cybersecurity solutions to the marketplace. The timing of this transition comes during Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which builds awareness and appreciation of the importance of critical infrastructure and reaffirms the nationwide commitment to keep our critical infrastructure and our communities safe and secure.

The Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017: Giving Cyber the Importance It Needs at the State Department

From: Lawfare

A bill from a strong bipartisan group of House members may reinstate and elevate a version of the cyber coordinator position eliminated as part of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s controversial “redesign” in July. The bill recognizes the degree to which protecting security in cyberspace and promoting digital communications as a vital economic, social, and political bridge have become critical to the mission of the U.S. government.