Cybersecurity

How Federal Agencies are Approaching Cybersecurity Training Programs

Due in part to priorities being set by the Biden administration, many government organizations are taking steps to emphasize the importance of cybersecurity. A big part of that means implementing training programs as ways to better handle cybersecurity threats, and a handful of proposed legislations aims to do just that. With cybersecurity becoming a national…
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Data Privacy

New Data Protection Agencies are Forthcoming

When we think about data privacy legislation, we usually think about rules, regulations, guidelines and best practices. However, not every data privacy bill on the Senate floor is concerned with telling businesses how to handle their data. A handful of legislators are proposing internal structural changes within government to better-regulate the morphing issues of data…
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Cybersecurity

The 3 Biggest Mistakes the Board can Make around Cybersecurity

Although the topic of cybersecurity is now definitely on the board’s agenda in most organizations, it is rarely a fixed item. More often than not, it makes appearances at the request of the Audit & Risk Committee or after a question from a non-executive director, or – worse – in response to a security incident…
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Pegasus

Pegasus and Privacy

Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group, an Israeli company, has provoked the ire of journalists, privacy advocates, the EU, UN, and U.S. Congress following revelations that the software was used to monitor over 50,000 cell phone numbers from individuals across 50 countries. Export licenses for this military-grade software must be approved by the Israeli…
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Cybersecurity

Infrastructure Bill Allocates Nearly $2 Billion to Cybersecurity 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which it has passed along to the House for approval. The package includes a variety of bills that allocate spending toward critical infrastructure, including roads, railways, bridges, electric vehicles, and telecom companies. The package also allocates more than $1.9 billion toward cybersecurity. The move…
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Data Privacy

Maryland Governor Creates Privacy Officer Roles  

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took steps to improve his state’s data privacy practices last week.  In two executive orders, the governor established the roles of State Chief Data Officer (SCDO) and State Chief Privacy Officer (SCPO). Though the positions have not been filled yet, Maryland’s Chief Information Security Officer, Chip Stewart, told Government Technology that…
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Cybersecurity

Why Cybersecurity Tools Aren’t Enough

By JC Gaillard, Managing Director at Corix Partners Irrespective of what many of us may say or write, the cybersecurity agenda remains dominated by products and technology. Of course, the problem has a technical dimension and the protection of any firm against cyber threats will require the application of technical countermeasures at a number of…
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Cybersecurity

US Customs and Border Patrol Falls Short in Data Protection 

A July 15 report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General reveals inadequate cybersecurity measures taken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. The report assessed the period between July 2017 and December 2019, and found that the personal data of over 10 million U.S. and Canadian travelers using the Mobile Passport…
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Hiring A CISO

How to Hire Your First CISO

It’s no secret that CISOs improve business value. For one thing, your company’s security and data-protection strategy is largely in the hands of your Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  Even presidential campaigns are accepting this reality–former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign just hired cybersecurity expert Chris DeRusha to protect against the hacks and leaks that…
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ADCG names Recognized Cyber Risk Expert, Jody R. Westby, to Advisory Board

The Association for Data and Cyber Governance announced the appointment of Jody R. Westby to its Advisory Board. “Jody Westby is someone to be reckoned with in the field of cyber risk and cyber governance as one of the world’s leading authorities on these subjects. In the early days of a global awakening to cybercrime,…
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