Congress

President Obama’s Budget Proposal Seeks $19 Billion to Launch Cybersecurity National Action Plan

President Obama presented his final annual budget proposal to Congress on Tuesday, which included a $19 billion request to support the launch of his new Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). The $19 billion request reflects a $5 billion increase in current spending. The President insists that this investment will ensure that Americans will have the tools to protect themselves online, companies will be able to protect their operations and information from hackers, and the government will be able to defend itself against cyber attacks. Some highlights of the CNAP include:   • $3.1 billion to form the Information Technology Modernization Fund, which will rebuild the federal government’s aging computer systems.   • The formation of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, comprised of top business and technical non-government employees and thinkers, who will advise the government on the newest technical solutions and the best cybersecurity practices to protect privacy and public safety.

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CIA Controversy Underscores Reality of Insider Threats

Following concerns raised by Sen. Diane Feinstein in March 2014, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently admitted to hacking a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee

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Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Collection Program: Is the end in sight?

By Schawn-Paul Rotella   Earlier this year President Obama announced his intention to end the government's Bulk Telephony Metadata Collection Program. In its stead, the program will have the government’s responsibilities handed over to the telephone companies that operate inside of the United States. Here is how Section 215

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Talking Privacy and Public Policy with IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes

Earlier this year, the IAPP held its annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., where attendees heard from industry leaders discussing the most pressing issues facing privacy and data protection professionals today.  In particular, new FTC Chair Edith Ramirez delivered a special keynote address in which she  vowed to maintain a hard line on

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House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite POTUS Veto Threat

Despite a recent veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would facilitate the sharing of data and other information between businesses and the federal government.  The legislation, which passed by a vote of 288-127, was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Charles Ruppersberger (D-Md.).

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Measure Requiring Warrants for Police Email Searches

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Thursday a measure that would require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant prior to conducting searches of email, social media and other forms of electronically stored information. The provision will most likely not be voted on by the entire Senate until next year.

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