A major obstacle to enhance cybersecurity in the U.S. federal government is the way committees are structured in Congress. Today's ISMG Security Report leads off with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson lament about the congressional bureaucracy that has as many of 10 committees provide oversight to DHS, the federal agency responsible for civilian cybersecurity. That, they say, hinders enactment of needed cybersecurity legislation.
Also in the Security Report, you'll hear (click on player above to listen):
- HealthcareInfoSecurity Executive Editor Marianne Kolbasuk McGee discuss the buzz occurring in Washington over the House passage of the 21st Centuries Cures Act, and why certain privacy and security provisions were jettisoned before the vote, and the naming of a physician and Obamacare opponent, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
- ISMG Security and Technology Managing Editor Jeremy Kirk explain why the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is causing anxieties to the operators of the Wayback Machine, which saves 300 million web pages a week.
The ISMG Security Report appears on this and other ISMG websites on Tuesdays and Fridays. Be sure to check out our Nov. 22 and Nov. 29 reports, which respectively analyzed burgeoning efforts to regulate the internet of things and how San Francisco is battling a ransomware outbreak that locked its light rail payment kiosks. The next ISMG Security Report will be posted on Tuesday, Dec. 6.