Wed, 7 December 2016
We ask Rihanna to sum up the latest U.S.-EU agreement:
And that’s when you need me there
RiRi’s got the theory right: The Umbrella Agreement was supposed to make sure the U.S. and EU would always share law enforcement data. But when the Eurocrats were done piling on the caveats, it’s clear what concessions that US has made but it isn’t clear if the EU has made any at all. Meanwhile, the Investigatory Powers Act has gained royal assent, Maury Shenk walks us through both developments.
The Trump administration is hinting at a change in responsibility for protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattack, and it’s consistent with the President-elect’s enthusiasm for turning hard jobs over to generals. Congress is doing its bit, elevating Cyber Command to full combatant command status. But the Obama administration may still be toying with the idea of firing Adm. Rogers.
In good news, DOJ and a boatload of other countries have sinkholed Avalanche botnet. Michael Vatis has the details.
Kudos to Sen. Cornyn, who held off a series of left/lib attacks on the changes to Rule 41 needed to catch even moderately sophisticated child porn and cyber law breakers.
Tom Donilon’s Commission on what the next administration should do about cybersecurity has delivered recommendations. The response: crickets.
We then turn to an interview with Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft. I’ve known Scott for 25 years and he’s an acute observer of the international cybersecurity scene. He discusses international pressures on technology companies including the conflicted roles of governments dealing with encryption.
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