Weekly News Kickoff: What Are the Worst Data Compliance Flubs, House Intel Panel Approves Cyber Bill - (Archived)

Hillary Clinton isn’t the first person to commit a data compliance faux pas; in fact, it’s all too common. Information Week compiled a list of some of the worst (and/or most embarrassing) incidents, along with key takeaways to help prevent it from happening to you. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

Clinton Email Fail: Worst Government Security Flubs
Hillary Clinton isn’t even the only politician saddled with a data compliance faux pas when it comes to email — Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus, Jeb Bush and Sarah Palin have all been there. See a list of government security flubs compiled by Information Week. Learn how to avoid committing a breech like this.

House Intel Panel Approves Cyber Bill
On Thursday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved legislation that would grant private companies certain liability protections to encourage the reporting of computer network breaches to designated civilian agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury, FCW reports.

NIST: Precise Timing Signals Critical in Development of Internet of Things
A new National Institute of Standards and Technology paper reports that inadequate timing systems may hamper some critical applications among the billions of wired and wirelessly linked physical devices from smart meters to smart cars – popularly known as the Internet of Things, FierceGovernmentIT reports. Download the full report.

Senate Joins House in Targeting Federal Workforce for Deficit Reduction
On Friday, the Senate narrowly approved a budget resolution that includes cuts to the federal workforce, higher pension contributions by federal employees and changes to health care benefits, Government Executive reports. The changes would result in $170 billion in savings over 10 years on the backs of federal employees, Senate Budget Committee aides said when the budget was unveiled last week. The recommendations were based in part on suggestions made by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission — which called for cuts to the federal workforce and civil servants’ compensation as part of a larger deficit-reduction effort.

DARPA Releases Plan for “Breakthrough” Defense Tech
This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency unveiled its vision of America’s future high-tech military superiority, FedScoop reports. The Pentagon’s central research arm said it plans to focus on less complex military systems that hold the potential to provide major technological breakthroughs capable of ensuring U.S. military superiority on the battlefields of the future — including cyberspace.


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