Monthly Archives: October 2005

USACM Chair cautions against underfunding cybersecurity research

USACM Chair Gene Spafford testified today at a House Armed Services Committee hearing as part of a cybersecurity panel on “Asymmetric and Unconventional Threats.” He was joined on the panel by David Grawrock (Intel) and Paul Kurtz (Cyber Security Industry Alliance). Spafford’s written testimony can be found here. In his oral comments, Spafford stressed several [...]

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Senate to Move Data Security Legislation

Update (10/25/05) — As promised below, click here to see an updated comparison of the four bills mentioned in the original post. Last week we reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee — a major player in the effort to enact federal data security legislation — moved Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) legislation (S. 1326) intended to [...]

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Senate committee approves privacy/data protection bill

Thursday the Senate Judiciary committee approved (by voice vote) Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) “Notification of Risk to Personal Data Act” (S. 1326). The bill calls for the creation of data protection programs, mandates security breach notifications, and provides for the preemption of similar state laws. It was one of a number of data protection bills [...]

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Little progress seen toward securing nation’s critical infrastructure

The House Homeland Security Committee yesterday heard testimony regarding the security of the nation’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems — the computer systems used to control such things as water flow through dams, the operation of power plants, and so on. The occassion was a joint hearing between the Subcommittee on Economic Security, [...]

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USACM and others criticize DOD export proposal

USACM and more than 100 other respondents recently filed comments with the Department of Defense criticizing its proposed changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Among other things, the proposal mandates that all DOD contracts include a clause requiring contractors to 1. Create and maintain unique badges for foreign nationals and foreign persons [...]

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Spafford and Lazowska on cybersecurity R&D

There are a couple of interesting cybersecurity items currently worthy of your attention: * USACM Chair Eugene Spafford makes comments on the Department of Defense’s approach to cybersecurity in a recent Federal Computer Week article: [...] Spafford said incremental changes will not strengthen existing networks and a whole new approach [to DOD cybersecurity] is needed. [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 9.9 (September 30, 2005)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Carter-Baker Commission Report a Mixed Bag [3] Senate Judiciary Committee: Busy and in the Spotlight [4] Secure Flight Working Group Against Live System Testing [5] Cybercrime on the Rise [6] Barbara Simons Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award [7] Calling All Techies [8] Events in October [9] About USACM [An archive [...]

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