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    Cybersecurity Executive Order Touts More Regulation as the Solution

    As if the flood of regulations coming after the election weren’t bad enough, a draft of the newest cybersecurity executive order obtained by Heritage reveals that even more regulations are coming. This draft executive order is similar to the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 in that it proposes additional regulations … More

    Cybersecurity Flaws at Department of Labor Continue the Trend of Government Cyber Failures

    A recent investigation into the Department of Labor’s (DOL) secure information systems revealed “very serious” cybersecurity flaws. Together with many other cybersecurity breaches and failures in the federal government, it is clear the government should not be put in charge of cybersecurity regulation of the private sector. The DOL failures … More

    Debate Prep: The Right Answers on China

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Watchdog Warns of "Very Serious" Cybersecurity Failures at DOL

    Identity verification systems that allow employees of the U.S. Department of Labor to access secure information systems are woefully lacking in security measures, according to DOL’s Office of the Inspector General. A September 7 letter from DOL’s assistant inspector general for audit, obtained by Scribe through a Freedom of Information … More

    Cyber Legislation's Groundhog Day

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has announced that the Senate will again consider cybersecurity legislation when it returns from its election recess. The move comes in response to another in a series of apocalyptic pronouncements about our cyber vulnerabilities—this one from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who is warning … More

    Note to Senator Reid: Cybersecurity Differences Are About Policy, Not Politics

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) recently promised to bring cybersecurity legislation back to the Senate floor during the lame-duck session of Congress. He also praised President Obama’s draft of a cybersecurity executive order while blaming “Republicans engaging in Tea Party-motivated obstruction” for the Senate’s failure to pass the Cybersecurity … More

    Facing Today's Sputniks

    Fifty-five years ago, America got a huge shock. The Soviets beat us to space with the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Instead of curling up in a corner and wondering if it meant the end of America’s era of dominance, the leaders of the United States began … More

    Iranians May Be Doling Out Payback for U.S. Sanctions

    This past week, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center raised the cyber threat level from elevated to high, and warned banks of “recent credible intelligence” of possible cyber attacks to bring down their customer sites. The Financial Sector is constantly under attack, but it is normally from criminals. … More

    A Cybersecurity Offer Companies Can’t Refuse

    In a remarkable letter to all Fortune 500 CEOs, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D–WV) bemoans the business community’s opposition to his cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. He is shocked—simply shocked, as was Captain Renaut in Casablanca—that any business institution could possibly oppose more government red tape when “security” is … More

    Cybersecurity Will Not Be Solved by a New Executive Order

    The nation does not deserve a cybersecurity solution that is rushed through by executive order. The current draft cyber executive order is being seen by some as a long-awaited panacea for the “lack” of motivation of critical industry to secure itself. This is ridiculous. Presently, the reason for businesses not … More