Microsoft, Facebook, Govt Legislation Led Security News
A recap of the past week's IT security news featured Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Facebook security and the latest cyber-security bills in Congress.Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. introduced more cyber-security and online privacy bills in Congress last week. Sen. John D. Rockefeller introduced the long anticipated "Do Not Track" bill that would require all companies to honor users' tracking preferences. Companies that violate rules set by the Federal Trade Commission would face civil penalties and lawsuits from the FTC and state attorneys general. Rockefeller also included provisions to cover users surfing online using mobile phones and wireless carriers. A bipartisan group of 11 senators, led by Sen. Patrick Leahy, introduced PROTECT IP, a revamped version of last year's COICA, to combat piracy online. PROTECT IP would authorize the Justice Department to obtain injunctions against Internet service providers to turn off DNS, or Domain Name System, services to sites selling or distributing counterfeit goods. The government would also be empowered to force other companies, such as search engines, ad networks and online payment processors to stop supporting the "infringing site."
The White House also released its ambitious cyber-security plans to Congress, outlining its plans for protecting critical infrastructure from cyber-attack and requesting a federal data breach notification law. Under the plan, the Department of Homeland Security would work with individual businesses and states to protect electric grids, financial systems and transportation networks. The Obama administration gave individual organizations control over how to protect their networks, but required that those plans be shared with DHS. If they weren't comprehensive enough, the DHS would work with the organizations to improve them under the plan.