The last Monday in July -- the summer of 2014 is rapidly slipping away! Here are some privacy and security bits and bytes for this last week of July:
US Congress Heads Out on August Recess Soon - Much to Do
It has been reported today that the U.S. House will vote today on a series of four cybersecurity bills. The bills were moved forward last week after the House Homeland Security and Oversight committees resolved a jurisdictional dispute over federal civilian computer networks. On the list for today's vote: Rep. Mike McCaul's National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, Rep. Patrick Meehan's Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Act and Rep. Yvette Clarke's Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act, all from the House Committee on Homeland Security, and separately Rep. Kerry Bentivolio's Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2013 from the House Committion on Oversight and Government Reform.
Cybersecurity Still a Top Risk Concern for Boards
We've been discussing the elevation of privacy and security risks and vulnerabilities to the board level for some time now (see here, here and here). Accounting firm EisnerAmper has just released its annual survey on concerns of corporate board directors. Cybersecurity and IT risk and reputational risk (they do go hand in hand; just ask Target and Neiman Marcus) are the two top issues.