From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: House passes three bills to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack
Date: Fri Aug 01 12:19:59 MDT 2014
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August 1, 2014


House passes three bills to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack


The House has passed three bills that aim to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attack through the distribution of cyber threat information, the development and procurement of new technologies, and support for the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity workforce.

Bills passed include the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 3696), which aims to bolster the partnership between private industry and the federal government while ensuring the protection of privacy and civil liberties, among other goals. It was introduced by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Yvette Clarke (D-NY).  More 

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes.

The proposal aims to improve the structural design of large buses to ensure that passengers are better protected in a deadly vehicle rollover by ensuring that the space around them remains sufficiently intact and the emergency exits remain operable.  More


Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska's valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led research published online in Progress in Oceanography.

Many of Alaska's nutritionally and economically valuable marine fisheries are located in waters that are already experiencing ocean acidification, and will see more in the near future, the study shows. Communities in southeast and southwest Alaska face the highest risk from ocean acidification because they rely heavily on fisheries that are expected to be most affected by ocean acidification, and have underlying factors that make those communities more vulnerable, such as lower incomes and fewer employment opportunities.  More    

Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, and the International Air Transport Association, an international industry trade association representing some 240 airlines or 84 percent of global air traffic, have filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to protect airline passengers from higher security taxes being collected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The petition asserts that the TSA is improperly collecting fees by both exceeding a per-passenger limit and collecting taxes for trips that originate overseas.  More 


Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the combined results of a 2014 retail cybersecurity survey conducted by Dimensional and Atomic Research and sponsored by Tripwire. The survey evaluated the attitudes of 407 retail and financial services organizations in the U.S. and the U.K. on a variety of cybersecurity topics.

Despite industry data to the contrary, Tripwire's retail cybersecurity survey indicates that organizations that rely on PCI compliance as the core of their information security program were twice as confident that they could detect rogue applications. These respondents were also significantly more confident that they would be able to detect misconfigured or unauthorized network shares, which was a key attack vector exploited in the Target data breach.  More    

Houston-based Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs), creator of AISight, the artificial intelligence analytics solution that teaches itself to recognize and alert on unexpected patterns within massive volumes of data, has announced it plans to go public soon. The announcement was recently made on the FOX Business Network's Varney & Company.

"We are excited to announce that we will soon be taking the company public," said John Frazzini, president of BRS Labs. "This is an important step for the company and we look forward to the future possibilities that come with such a move."  More 

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