Cybersecurity recs from House GOP, CCIA

Cybersecurity has been the national security topic du jour for months.  Earlier this year then CIA Director Leon Pannetta warned of the potential of a “cyber Pearl Harbor”, while in May the Obama Administration released its cybersecurity legislative proposal.  And last week the House GOP’s Cybersecurity Task Force (CTF) released its recommendations. The Obama Administration and the CTF largely agree on…

Letter To House Chairmen Warns of Dangers of PROTECT IP Act

CCIA joined the Consumer Electronics Association and NetCoalition today in a letter to House Judiciary committee chairmen to caution them on the real danger to the Internet if they pass S. 968, the so-called PROTECT IP Act. The letter requests a meeting to discuss changes to the bill. While venture capitalists, law professors and Internet engineers have…

Thoughts On Information Sharing As Congress Introduces Cybersecurity Bill

Last week, after much anticipation and delay, the bipartisan Senate cybersecurity legislation, S. 2105 – Cybersecurity Act of 2012, was unveiled. Though it is laudable that Congress has begun in earnest to attend to the critical cybersecurity threats that face America, there has been little debate about the how information sharing and defense of critical infrastructure…

"Internet Kill Switch" Bill Conflicts With Broader US Internet Agenda

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) says she plans to re-introduce legislation that would grant the President broad authority over swaths of Internet infrastructure to confront a “cyber emergency.” The re-emergence of this legislation, coinciding with the five-day Internet blackout across Egypt, has come under criticism this week. Egypt’s Internet shutdown has raised concerns about that happening…

“Internet Kill Switch” Bill Conflicts With Broader US Internet Agenda

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) says she plans to re-introduce legislation that would grant the President broad authority over swaths of Internet infrastructure to confront a “cyber emergency.” The re-emergence of this legislation, coinciding with the five-day Internet blackout across Egypt, has come under criticism this week. Egypt’s Internet shutdown has raised concerns about that happening…

Cybersecurity Concerns Lead to House Support for Senate Leiberman-Collins-Carper Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security (“HSC”) held a Wednesday morning hearing on “Cybersecurity: DHS’s Role, Federal Efforts and National Policy.” Archived video of the hearing is available here(Windows Media). A single panel appeared before HSC: (1) Greg Schaffer, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) (2) Richard Skinner, Inspector General, DHS (3) Gregory Wilshusen, Director,…

ICANN Hires Encryption Expert

Encryption pioneer Whit Diffie is taking on a new challenge as vice president of information security and cryptography at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Diffie is credited with solving the problem of key distribution for cryptology in the late 1970s. He spent much of his career at Sun Microsystems and was most…

Howard Schmidt Appointed Cybersecurity Chief

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is issuing the following statement in response to President Obama’s appointment of Howard Schmidt to serve as the nation’s cybersecurity chief. The following statement can be attributed to CCIA spokeswoman Heather Greenfield: “With momentum building on Capitol Hill to move cybersecurity legislation, this appointment comes at a critical time…