NIST Official Sees IoT Security Update Coming Soon

From: MeriTalk

The Commerce Department will soon be releasing a draft “road map” on Internet of Things (IoT) security issues, an official with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)–which is part of the Commerce Department–indicated Tuesday during a panel discussion at the 2018 Symantec Government Symposium.

Katerina Megas, program manager for IoT cybersecurity at NIST, said the draft road map on IoT security may be released in the “next couple weeks.” She did not fully detail the draft, but said it may suggest actions to be taken by Commerce, NIST, the Federal Trade Commission, and the private sector. The road map document will be put out for public comment, she said.

Industry Groups Call for Anti-Kickback Rule Waiver for Cybersecurity Technology, Services

From: Healthcare Informatics

by Heather Landi, Associate Editor

Other stakeholders are asking for waivers for vendors to provide free mobile apps under value-based care arrangements, and to allow providers pay “fair market value” for the exchange of patient data

Several healthcare and health IT industry groups are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a wavier under anti-kickback rules to enable the donation of healthcare cybersecurity technology and services to help improve the cybersecurity posture of providers and promote secure data exchange.

OMB loosening the reins on major cyber programs for 2019

From: Federal News Network

By Jason Miller

If you read through the new Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) guidance for fiscal 2019, the letter from Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and listen to what the Office of Management and Budget has been saying about the upcoming Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) memo, the message to agencies is clear.

Agencies can no longer point to the Homeland Security Department as the excuse for why improvements to the security of their networks and data aren’t happening fast enough.

5 Security Priorities for Government Agencies as TIC 3.0 is Announced

From: Security Boulevard

by Fortinet All Blogs

The Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Initiative is a program created by the federal government with the aim of consolidating the number of external internet connections within agencies. With fewer official exit points to the internet, IT teams can more efficiently manage security efforts for traffic flowing through government networks.

Recently, an update to this initiative was announced. Known as TIC 3.0, this update modernizes the current version 2.2 of TIC, Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS), which allowed government agencies to use consolidated models to host their presence with authorized providers, such as CenturyLink, Verizon, and AT&T.  This enabled agencies to provision much of their security services from these providers, thereby removing the need to manage security on-premise.

China’s tech means nation is now more powerful than US, warns former secret intelligence chief

From: The Telegraph

The US is losing its dominance in the world stakes to a “more assertive” China thanks to the latter’s booming technology industry, Britain’s former secret intelligence service chief has warned.

Sir John Scarlett, who served in Russia and led the secret services during the 7/7 bombing in London, said he had observed a return to “great power tension and rivalry” that was growing “month-by-month”.

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