Global Weekly Executive Summary, 20 March 2018

DHS and FBI Alert Warns of Russian Government Cyberattacks Targeting Critical Infrastructure On Thursday, March 15, 2018, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Technical Alert warning about “Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as Continue Reading

The New Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process Charter

An updated “Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process for the United States Government” charter was released on 15 NOV 2017 and describes the decision-making process for determining whether new vulnerabilities found by US government departments and agencies are disclosed or restricted.   According to the White Continue Reading

US Cyber Command Elevation

On 18 August 2017, President Trump announced that the United Stated Cyber Command will be elevated to Unified Combatant Command status. Read the official White House statement. Source: The White House, Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure President Trump’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity expands upon earlier legislation, orders numerous reports to assess federal agencies’ current security policies, moves to modernize federal IT systems by transitioning to consolidated network infrastructures and Continue Reading

The White House Hires a New Federal CISO

Source:,, The White House) In February President Obama announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). One of the key features of this plan was the creation of the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to drive cybersecurity policy, planning, and implementation across the federal Continue Reading

Email Privacy Act H.R. 699 Passes US House of Representatives

Source: A completely unanimous vote was given for the passing of the Email Privacy Act. Privacy advocates are celebrating this as a win for U.S. citizens and companies. H.R. 699 is meant to reform the old Electronic Communications Privacy Act. H.R. 699 will require a Continue Reading

Smart Cars, Hacking, and the Legislation Behind It All

Source: US SPY Car Act of 2015: Veracode recently reported on the need of the automobile industry to secure their smart car systems. 50% of the people they polled (1,072 drivers in the UK and Germany) were very concerned about the security of their smart car Continue Reading

Wassenaar Arrangement – Wording is Everything

Sources: The Wassennaar Arrangement is a deal meant to control the exportation of conventional firearms, dual-use goods, and dual-use technologies. The cybersecurity problem that this creates is the fact that the wording of a particular section of the arrangement is too broad. Continue Reading

EU/US Data Transfer Agreement named “Privacy Shield” to Replace “Safe Harbor Agreement”

Posted February 29, 2016 Sources: A new deal between the United States and the EU is currently under review. The agreement consists of policies to protect and enforce the protection of EU customer data that gets transferred to US entities. Continue Reading