National Institute of Standards and Technology's Jeremy Grant says the government will fund pilot projects to accelerate progress toward the creation of improved, interoperable systems for secure, privacy-enhancing trusted online credentials.
The new measure would require banks, healthcare providers, social media companies, search engines and other e-commerce entities operating in Europe - even those based elsewhere - to report breaches to national authorities.
Ron Ross, the NIST computer scientist who heads the initiative that is revising the guidance, characterizes the updated publication as the most comprehensive one since the initial catalogue of controls was issued in 2005.
A strategic security analyst from Mandiant, the company that's examining recent hacks from the inside, explains why such cyber-assaults will likely intensify under the leadership of China's new president, Xi Jinping.
The compromise of hundreds of payment cards, apparently tied to fraud worldwide, has been linked to a network hack affecting an Arizona supermarket chain. And the attack involved a new kind of malware, the chain says.
The Department of Energy hadn't revealed that the mid-January breach occurred until a memo informing employees and contractors about the hack leaked to the media. The department says no classified information was compromised.
The Government Accountability Office says the approach taken by the Federal Communications Commission to respond to a security lapse resulted in unnecessary risk that sensitive information could be disclosed, modified or obtained without authorization.