Public Sector Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 01-19-2018

How to Attract More Women Into Cybersecurity – Now
And although a number of challenges exist in attracting women and young girls to a cybersecurity career, a number of similarities exist between the attributes these women and young girls seek in a career and what the cybersecurity profession can offer, according to a recent survey by Kaspersky Lab and interviews with female cybersecurity pros.


Senators Propose Heavy Fines for Credit Agencies Over Privacy Data Breaches
The bill would fine a company $100 for each consumer that had a piece of personal information compromised in a data breach, with an additional $50 for each additional piece of data put at risk for each consumer. Those fines could add up to 50 percent of a company’s gross revenue. But, that penalty doubles if company fails to disclose the breach to regulators in a timely manner or has insufficient cyber security in place, and can add up to as much as 75 percent of a company’s global revenue for the last fiscal year.


22 States Are Suing the FCC For Repealing Net Neutrality
In the petition, Schneiderman and his allies argue that the FCC’s decision can be deemed “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion,” under the Administrative Procedures Act and therefore violates federal law. According to the petition, part of that argument includes the fact that the public comment period leading up to the decision was majorly botched. This is the first in what is expected to be a number of lawsuits challenging the FCC’s decision late last year to repeal net neutrality laws.


Time for Election Reform
Congressional investigations have uncovered extensive interference – attempted fraud – by Russia and other foreign agents, including attempts to hack electronic voting machines, attempts to hack voter rolls to add or delete voters, targeted internet advertising, and targeted fake news and trolling. Here are five obvious reforms to strengthen the “critical infrastructure” of our democracy.


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