Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cybersecurity Legislation to Come to Senate Floor in January 2012

According to a November 16, 2011 letter from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to his Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, it is his "intent to bring comprehensive cyber security legislation to the Senate floor for consideration during the first Senate work period next year." 

This is by no means a guarantee of legislative action, but it is the latest sign that cybersecurity will be a priority in Congress come 2012.… More

“Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace”

With an inflammatory title like “Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace,” the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive’s “Report to Congress on Foreign Economic Collection and Industrial Espionage, 2009-2011” is tough to ignore.

The Report’s conclusions are equally notable for their candor about the recent actions of the Chinese and Russian governments:

  • “Chinese actors are the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage.…
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Consumer Response to Data Breach: Let’s Sue!

Interesting findings in the Unisys Security Index for the United States regarding what Americans say they would do in the event that they learned of a security breach suffered by an organization with which they were dealing:

  • Change passwords on that organization’s website and other sites (87%)
  • Stop dealing with that organization entirely (76%)
  • Publicly expose the issue (65%)
  • Take legal action (53%)
  • Continue dealing with the organization but not online (31%)

Thanks to Ted Julian of Co3 Systems for bringing this report to my attention.… More