Some ex-employees turn to cybercrime
New threat: Hackers look to take over power plants
DHS is releasing gases and fluorescent particles into Boston’s subway tunnels today to study how toxic chemicals and lethal biological agents could spread through the nation’s oldest subway system in a terrorist attack. Details from program manager, Teresa Lustig
Even in a year in which the Stuxnet attack targeted critical infrastructure systems and attacks on grid operators rose dramatically, operators of critical infrastructure around the world took few steps to increase their cyber defenses, a new report found.
The White House’s draft bill includes many similarities with the one sponsored by the Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Carper. The biggest issues are around the President’s powers over the Internet during emergencies and whether there should be a Senate-confirmed cyber coordinator at DHS. Senate Majority Leader Reid is making comprehensive cyber legislation a priority this session.
The House is preparing to once again take up legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order private electrical grid operators to take emergency action in the event of a cyber attack or a new vulnerability. The power would extend to bulk electric systems and parts of the grid that supply electricity to Defense infrastructure that is critical to national security.
Congress heard criticisms of the White House’s cybersecurity proposal Friday, including claims that it provides incentives that could make the nation’s critical infrastructure less secure.
Joe Jarzombek, the director of software assurance at the division, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the workshops DHS is sponsoring at the conference.
Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government’s responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.
The government is working with a cobbled-together set of authorities and responsibilities when it comes to protecting networks from cyber threats, a top Homeland Security Department cyber official said Wednesday. Congress needs to act soon to update the nation’s cybersecurity posture, he said.