File Under: Careful What You Ask For

From: Politico

Health industry asks government for help on cybersecurity

Cost estimate in the works for grid-security plan, but it’s more important to keep lights on: DOE’s Perry

From: Platts

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the administration will produce a cost estimate for a plan to keep struggling coal and nuclear plants afloat, but that the overall price tag is less important than keeping the lights on.


“We don’t have a dollar estimate at this particular point in time,” he said of DOE’s electric grid security proposals, while adding “there is actually a piece of work being done” that DOE hopes to share in the near future. “Here’s what’s more important. It’s not a dollar figure, because you can’t put a dollar figure on the costs to keep America free, to keep the lights on.”

OMB official to lawmakers: Data management is core to Trump reorganization plan

Editor’s Note: Read the OMB Deputy Director for Management’s Statement before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

From: Inside Cybersecurity

Rick Weber

A White House Office of Management and Budget deputy director told House lawmakers that President Trump’s recently unveiled plan for a massive restructuring of the federal government would force a major overhaul and modernization of data systems, an effort with implications for protecting sensitive information.

“While it can be difficult to break through bureaucratic red tape and restructure old, paper-based processes, it’s not impossible,”. . . .

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Only 6 Non-Federal Groups Share Cyber Threat Info with Homeland Security

From: Nextgov

By Joseph Marks, Senior Correspondent

The government’s big idea to bolster the nation’s collective cyber defense isn’t attracting private-sector participants.

More than two years after Congress passed a landmark bill incentivizing companies to share with the government how and when malicious hackers are trying to penetrate their computer networks, only six companies and other non-federal entities are sharing that data, according to figures provided to Nextgov.

That’s compared with about 190 such entities and about 60 federal departments and agencies that are receiving cyber threat data from Homeland Security’s automated indicator sharing program, a Homeland Security official told Nextgov.

Cybersecurity Framework Webcast: Next Up!

From: NIST

Lessons Learned in Using the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder with the Cybersecurity Framework

This presentation introduces the audience to the Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder (BCEB) and provides a brief overview on integrating the BCEB with the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The BCEB was developed at NIST by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and builds upon more than 30 years of a successful public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence. This self-assessment tool helps users consider organizational cybersecurity goals and objectives, better understand the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management efforts, and identify improvement opportunities.