The departments of Homeland Security and Justice say that recent legislation lets businesses share cyber threat information with industry interests as well as government. The agencies released a document Tuesday night clarifying the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). ADVERTISEMENTThe measure, which passed in the 2015 omnibus, was designed to allow companies to share threat information with the federal government and other industry members while limiting potential civil liabilities for doing so. But since its passage, business have questioned whether the wording of the bill limited the information-sharing to just government.

Source: Info-sharing law applies to industry as well as government, agencies say | TheHill


Here’s what’s in a portfolio that one company executive said is largely “restricted” and “hard for us to talk in too much detail about.”

Northrop Grumman Corp. Chief Financial Officer Ken Bedingfield says a lot of the company’s cybersecurity business is “restricted” and “it’s hard for us to talk in too much detail about it.”

But at Citi’s 2016 Industrials Conference in Boston on Wednesday, the company peeled back the curtain on a largely secretive line of business.

Source: Northrop Grumman’s has a $2 billion cybersecurity business. Here’s what it looks like. – Washington Business Journal


U.S. cybersecurity policy has followed a Jekyll-and-Hyde path lately.In December, Congress passed a bill making it easier for U.S. software companies to hold onto their proprietary technology, to encourage them to share data on cyber threats. It was part of a new push for open cybersecurity standards to help combat rapidly-evolving threats.

Source: Silicon Valley has a chance to influence cyber security policy: column


Russian hackers penetrated the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee in an espionage operation that enabled them to read emails, chats and a trove of opposition research.

WASHINGTON — Two groups of Russian hackers, working for competing government intelligence agencies, penetrated computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to emails, chats and a trove of opposition research against Donald J. Trump, according to the party and a cybersecurity firm.

Source: D.N.C. Says Russian Hackers Penetrated Its Files, Including Dossier on Donald Trump – The New York Times


How to fight cyber terrorism is at the heart of a $20b planned upgrade to NZ’s defence capabilities.

The Government for the first time has confirmed New Zealand is capable of launching its own cyber attacks as a deterrent to cyber terrorism.

It’s unveiled a $20 billion investment plan in defence force capability, which will see the military establish a new cyber support capability, bolster intelligence units and digitise the army on the battlefield, giving it network enabled navigation and communications systems.

It will also continue with programmes to replace New Zealand’s aging fleet of Boeing 757s, C-130 Hercules and surveillance aircraft, the Orions

Source: Defence White Paper: Government unveils $20b defence plan for new planes, boats and cyber security |