White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Retiring, HTC Phones Blocked at Customs, and More

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

  • Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, will be stepping down at the end of this month. More here.
  • Bruce McConnell, cyber-security counselor for the Department of Homeland Security, warned that if the private sector doesn’t make serious investments in cybersecurity, it risks losing “long term-competitiveness.” More here.
  • The Department of Transportation has issued a solicitation for partners to assess and test network security systems. More here.
  • Senator John Corryn proposed legislation to reserve 55,000 greencards for foreign graduates from advanced science, technology, engineering, and math programs at U.S. universities. More here.
  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) found that the most common internet crime of 2011 was scammers impersonating the FBI. More here.
  • Two of HTC’s Android smartphones were blocked from entering the U.S. by an International Trade Commission order. More here.

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