At a glance.
- Implementing and evaluating the US National Cybersecurity Strategy.
- New Jersey introduces cyber incident reporting requirements.
- TikTok’s transformation into a threat.
Implementing and evaluating the US National Cybersecurity Strategy.
The US Defense Department's CIO John Sherman told Breaking Defense that the White House's National Cybersecurity Strategy "challenges us to set the agenda on our terms to outpace our adversaries." Sherman stated, "This vision directly aligns with the Department’s cloud and software modernization efforts which aim to drive a resilient, zero-trust based cyber foundation in the cloud. Now is the time to drive the dramatic change necessary to make cyber threats far more difficult and far more costly for our adversaries."
Representative Nancy Mace (Republican, South Carolina), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation, will hold a hearing with Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden this Thursday to discuss the cybersecurity strategy.
New Jersey introduces cyber incident reporting requirements.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill last week requiring that public agencies and government contractors disclose cyber incidents to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) within 72 hours of discovery, StateScoop reports. A press release from the governor's office says the bill directs NJOHSP Director Laurie Doran "to establish and publish reporting guidelines to facilitate the timely and confidential submission of incident notifications by all public agencies in New Jersey, as well as government contractors, including municipalities, counties, kindergarten through 12th grade public schools, public colleges and universities and State law enforcement agencies among others."
Senator Fred Madden (Democrat, New Jersey) stated, "In New Jersey alone, thousands of cybercrime cases occur each week, with our schools, hospitals and police departments among the entities most affected. These public agencies store confidential information about residents, and we must establish procedures to make sure that information is not falling into the wrong hands. With this law in place, our State will have a critical aid to ensure cybercrime cases are not only being reported in a timely manner, but also how many residents are being affected by these attacks and how we can implement ways to prevent them from occurring further."
TikTok’s transformation into a threat.
The Information describes TikTok’s efforts to maintain advertisers’ confidence in the platform despite Washington’s threats to ban the app. Some advertisers are considering strategies to shift to other platforms in case of a ban in the US, although they may attempt to do this quietly and gradually in order to avoid alienating TikTok’s fanbase. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is scheduled to appear before a US Congress Energy and Commerce Committee this Thursday. The Committee says the hearing will focus on TikTok’s “consumer privacy and data security practices, the platforms’ impact on kids, and its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.”
The Washington Post offers a timeline of the US government's increasing scrutiny of TikTok.