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June 8, 2011: NIST Issues NOI on Models for a Governance Structure for NSTIC

The U.S. Department of Commerce and National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) have issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding Models for a Governance Structure for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

EDUCAUSE Submits Comments to Proposed FERPA Rules that Address "Reasonable Methods" for Information Security

EDUCAUSE has submitted comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The comments addressed the role of third parties who hold personally identifiable information covered by FERPA to use "reasonable methods" to "destroy or return PII when no longer needed" and to "protect PII from redisclosure (and use by any other third party)".  The comments cite the efforts of the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) to address effective practices and solutions on related topics.

The Department will review all of the comments received over the next several months and is expected to issue final regulations in late-2011 or early-2012.



May 23, 2011: Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Protecting Cyberspace: Assessing The White House Proposal

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on "Protecting Cyberspace: Assessing The White House Proposal" An archive of the webcast is available.

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May 19, 2011: Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee held a hearing on Consumer Privacy and Protection in the Mobile Marketplace. See key quotes from the hearing.


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May 16, 2011: The White House Releases International Strategy for Cyberspace

The White House announced today the release of its International Strategy for Cyberspace. The strategy, entitled "Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World," includes a Fact Sheet.

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Obama Administration Submits to Congress a Legislative Proposal for Cybersecurity

In response to a letter to the President from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and six Senate committee chairs, the Obama administration has provided its input on cybersecurity legislation that is necessary to “ensure that cyberspace continues to be an area defined by growth and innovation” according to a blog posted by Howard Schmidt, The White House’s Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President.  When President Obama released his Cyberspace Policy Review two years ago he declared cyberspace as a key strategy asset for the United States its security just as vital.

The proposed legislation addresses the following three areas:

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May 12, 2011: The White House Announces Its Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

The White House announced today it has transmitted a cybersecurity legislative proposal to Capitol Hill in response to Congress’ call for assistance on how best to address the cybersecurity needs of our Nation.


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