Morning Security Brief: Concerns about European Cybersecurity Strategy, Estonian Cybersecurity, Border Security, More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►The European Commission is set to release a new cybersecurity strategy on Thursday, but it is already taking criticism based on leaked versions. Among the issues are fears that the new strategy will harm business and give national authorities significant personal information of online users. The strategy will force private companies to report all data breaches or cyber security incidents to national authorities, says IT World.

►ZDnet reports how Estonia has become the poster child for cybersecurity. “In 2007, Estonia was the victim of a high-profile campaign of state-sponsored online attacks. Now, years later, the country is promoting cybersecurity via a series of initiatives at home and abroad,” notes the site. “Since the 2007 attacks, Estonia's private and public sector, often working together, have heavily increased the security of the country's IT systems and built stronger authentication services, firewalls and backup systems. The country is now rated as being one of the most prepared against cyberattacks, according to a recent report by security vendor McAfee.”

When Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, she “called Republican lawmakers' insistence that the border be secured before there is immigration reform a flawed argument,” says ABC News. Napolitano lauded the Obama administration’s deployment of resources along the United States-Mexico border, which has brought illegal crossings down to half of what they were in 2008.

►Elsewhere in the news: Fedscoop writes, "The Federal Communications Commission failed to implement appropriate information security controls in the initial components of the Enhanced Secured Network project, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report."


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