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9 notable government cybersecurity initiatives of 2021

Governments are increasingly taking on cybersecurity threats, as these nine government-led initiatives from around the globe show.

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China's PIPL privacy law imposes new data handling requirements

The Personal Information Protection Law will force global companies doing business in China to be more careful with cross-border flow of personal information.

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CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative: Why it just might work

New CISA director Jen Easterly is tasked with implementing the JCDC, which promises to make US critical infrastructure more resilient to cyberattacks. Her history makes her the right person for the job.

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Data sovereignty laws place new burdens on CISOs

More than 100 countries now require data on their citizens be stored or processed within their boundaries, presenting new data protection challenges.

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GAO report faults CIOs, OMB for slow adoption of cybersecurity recommendations

The US agency highlight four areas where cybersecurity gaps in federal agencies threaten national security. Cites OMB for not helping CIOs get available funds.

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Biden memo, infrastructure deal deliver cybersecurity performance goals and money

The White House initiatives and expected passage of the US infrastructure plan will set new cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure, provide money to state and local governments.

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18 new cybersecurity bills introduced as US congressional interest heats up

The new bills, many with bi-partisan support, aim to increase cybersecurity funding, improve breach reporting, investigate cryptocurrencies, and more.

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EU takes aim at ransomware with plans to make Bitcoin traceable, prohibit anonymity

The European Commission has set out new legislative proposals to make crypto transfers more traceable. While the plans will close some existing loopholes, the impact on cybercrime is likely to be minimal, experts say.

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TSA issues second cybersecurity directive for pipeline companies

Experts applaud the agency's new, detailed security requirements for US pipeline operators but question how they will be enforced or monitored.

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Ransomware talks: How Biden could push Putin to the table

Under pressure to end the ransomware scourge, the White House faces strong headwinds. The problem: Putin has no motivation to change the status quo.

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What is personally identifiable information (PII)? How to protect it under GDPR

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation requires companies to protect the privacy of their EU customers. That means keeping personally identifiable information (PII) safe. Here's what you need to know.

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Proposed bill would create a new federal agency to protect consumer data

The Data Protection Act of 2021 has wide-ranging definitions of high-risk data practices and privacy harm.

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How to control ransomware? International cooperation, disrupting payments are key, experts say

Anti-ransomware acts or regulations will require global cooperation, experts say. In the meantime, ransomware victims should cooperate quickly and fully with authorities.

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NIST defines "critical software" with a broad range of security functions

The goal is to enable stronger security practices for government-purchased software mandated by President Biden's cybersecurity executive order.

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10 things to do now to reduce the cost of your next data breach

Taking these steps will save money, time, and reputation when that next breach hits.

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Ransomware response: What CISOs really want from the federal government

What should the federal government's role and responsibility be regarding ransomware? Security leaders weigh in.

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Defining linchpins: An industry perspective on remediating Sunburst

The concept of linchpin software can be useful in assessing risk and focusing security efforts, but it comes with challenges.

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HITRUST explained: One framework to rule them all

HITRUST is a cybersecurity framework that seeks to unify the rules for many other existing regulatory and industry frameworks, including HIPAA, GDPR, PCI-DSS, and more.

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