Ed Felten, the new federal deputy chief technology officer, hasn't been shy about criticizing the federal government, whether it's about the NSA undermining encryption standards or the FBI not being entirely transparent on malware warnings.
President Obama is strongly urging the House and Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill that would ban the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata on American citizens' telephone calls.
Much of today's crime is "cyber-enabled," warns cybercrime expert Raj Samani, and successfully blocking such attacks increasingly demands not just better technology and public-private collaboration, but also an understanding of psychology.
Automating the process of excising personally identifiable information when sharing data is a challenge that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hopes to overcome. DARPA will spend up to $60 million to fund projects to address the problem.
Some privacy experts are concerned that a proposed "21st Century Cures" bill would weaken HIPAA privacy protections for patient data. The measure is designed to help speed up the development of new drugs and treatments.
Legal experts say the majority of class-action lawsuits filed in response to data breaches fail, and that's unlikely to change unless lawmakers or the courts rethink notions of "injury" and "harm" to encompass more than just fraud.
Testimony in the FTC's data security case against LabMD raises questions about the credibility of sources and evidence that the commission relies on in its pursuit of data security enforcement actions. But what will happen next in this case?
Britain's Tory party has secured a majority in Parliament, which means the country will soon see a new legislative agenda. Here are some of the information security, privacy and surveillance initiatives to expect in the coming months.
The IT security industry must do a much better job of persuading young people with the requisite math and science skills to join the cybersecurity workforce rather than choose another profession, says David Shearer of (ISC)Â².
Some federal lawmakers are concerned that passing a national data breach notification law would weaken security protections found in certain states' statutes. That's a major reason getting a national law enacted will prove difficult.
A federal appellate court decision that the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program is illegal could have sweeping ramifications beyond derailing the initiative to amass the metadata of Americans' telephone calls.
If Karen DeSalvo, M.D., who now heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is confirmed by the Senate to a new post at HHS, ONC could gain more clout for its secure health data exchange efforts, some security experts say.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency's collection of metadata of Americans' telephone calls is not authorized by the Patriot Act. What impact with the decision have on the Congressional debate about NSA practices?
Lenovo issues an emergency patch to fix flaws in the System Update software that it preinstalls on business-focused Windows PCs after security researchers discover vulnerabilities that could be used to remotely compromise machines.