New Cyber Report a Handy Reference of Govt Directives

March 28, 2018  |  By Holly Dragoo

Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report, entitled, Cybersecurity: Selected Issues for the 115th Congress. The non-partisan report reviews a broad cross-section of key concerns facing the United States today -- from securing critical infrastructure, encryption, data breaches and security, securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and even cybersecurity insurance. Intended to inform lawmakers in the current session of Congress by amassing a digestible review of relevant previous Presidential Directives, Executive Orders, and Congressional Committee hearings on the topic, the document serves as a handy reference tool for both the industry novice and the academic researcher.

IISP Analyst Holly Dragoo: "The document succinctly covers 11 policy issues that will be relevant throughout the year, fairly accurately. While it does have a section on barriers to international trade, such as the new Chinese cybersecurity law passed in 2016, it actually does not mention the European Union's global-reaching General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR) even once – which is a bit surprising. Unsurprisingly however, some aspects of the 30-page document are a bit dry, such as the overview section on definitions and types of attacks. It gets a bit more interesting in the cyber terrorism and federal roles and responsibilities sections where definitions and actors are changing in this space annually. With such an unwieldy bureaucracy, it is actually useful to have a breakout of which offices within the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, etc., have mandates in the cybersecurity arena."



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