Cybersecurity framework and Google beats Northrop!

This week on BGOV’s Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • Pursuant to an Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama back in February, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has delivered its preliminary cybersecurity framework. BGOV Senior Technology Analyst Sanford Reback examined the document and determined it’s not quite the answer we were looking for. In his latest report:“Cybersecurity Framework Leaves Issues Unresolved: BGOV Insight”, he’ll address what’s lacking and discuss whether the government should be telling corporate America how to protect our critical infrastructure given their “tech” track record.
  • Google Inc. is moving its Washington office closer to Capitol Hill after spending $18.2 million on lobbying, more than Northrop Grumman Corp. and enough to rank the technology company as the eighth-biggest advocacy spender. The tech giant has grown its government affairs office in Washington DC over the past 10 years and as a result of its efforts it escaped an FCC probe in 2012 with a mere fine and the FTC dropped an antitrust probe in January. Bloomberg News Washington D.C. Bureau reporter Todd Shields explains how lobbying money talks in the nations capitol.

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Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Sanford Reback is director of global business with Bloomberg Government. At the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, he helped negotiate NAFTA and the agreements establishing the World Trade Organization. He served as an executive at MCI, then a Fortune 100 company; UUNET, then the world’s largest Internet services provider; and two venture-backed technology companies. Reback holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. He was a Fulbright Fellow in London.
Todd Shields covers media policy in Washington for Bloomberg News. He has covered the Federal Communications Commission for 10 years. Before coming to Bloomberg in 2007, Shields was Washington correspondent for New York-based Mediaweek magazine, the bible of the media-buying industry. He has worked for the Washington Post, the Associated Press and as a freelance correspondent in the Middle East and Africa. Shields, who holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Virginia, lives in Annapolis, Maryland.