The SASC’s NDAA, White House Initiative Against Botnets, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act which would aim to recruit young people to work in cybersecurity, develop a Department of Defense cyber testing and evaluation range, consolidate networks, improve the security specifications of DoD software, and develop next generation cybersecurity tools. More here.
  • Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park requested a panel of White House experts to help disseminate government data to private sector developers and entrepreneurs. More here.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayor of West New York, New Jersey, and his son for hacking into an opposition website. More here.
  • White House veteran Andy Ozment will return from his post as director for compliance and technology in the chief information security officer’s office of the Department of Homeland Security to serve as a senior director reporting to the cybersecurity coordinator. More here.
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team has published a paper advising critical infrastructure owners to improve their ability to collect and retain forensic data. More here.
  • The White House announced a new, interagency, public-private campaign against botnets. More here.

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