Tech regulators will increase scrutiny and enforcement in 2019…

From: CNBC


OMB Promotes Virtualization in New Data Center Guidance

From: FedTech

The updated data center optimization policy also tweaks several metrics for how progress will be measured.

EU watchdog to rule on data exchange among market regulators

From: Reuters

Huw Jones, Michelle Price

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union’s data watchdog will decide in coming weeks if financial regulators around the world can routinely swap information to keep markets clean without getting tangled up in the EU’s new data protection regime.


But U.S. finance regulators have warned that the EU’s data rules have started to adversely affect the exchange of cross-border information.

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Why privacy regulations are no longer a pipe dream

From: Axios


4. The White House got interested. Staffers in the National Economic Council recognized the global swirl around data privacy and began meeting with major corporations to get feedback on a potential privacy framework.

5. States took matters into their own hands. California passed a law putting restrictions on Google, Facebook and other companies in the business of gathering data directly from consumers. Vermont also passed its own privacy law this year aimed at data brokers.

  • That patchwork of different rules makes it tough for internet companies to do business across states — so they’d rather have a national law to pre-empt the states.

NASA Continues To Flunk Basic IT and Cybersecurity Rankings

From: NASA Watch

Potential Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Compromise of NASA Servers

“On Oct. 23, 2018, NASA cybersecurity personnel began investigating a possible compromise of NASA servers where personally identifiable information (PII) was stored. After initial analysis, NASA determined that information from one of the servers containing Social Security numbers and other PII data of current and former NASA employees may have been compromised.”

Keith’s note: According to NASA HQ PAO the latest security breach at NASA does not affect people outside of NASA who may have interacted with NASA security. But people who work or used to work at NASA are at risk. So y’all can expect another “Dear NASA Employee” letter from the agency offering free credit monitoring services.