State Department

EFF, others expand protest U.S. plans to vet social media for visas

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other civil liberties groups are protesting the U.S. State Department’s proposal to collect social media profiles from Visa holders. 

US Embassy in Havana Cuba

Podcast Episode 86: Unraveling the Cuban Embassy’s Acoustic Mystery

In this week’s episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#86) we speak with Dr. Kevin Fu of the University of Michigan about research he conducted that casts doubts on reports of mysterious acoustic attacks on US embassy employees in Havana, Cuba. Also: Chip Block of Evolver talks about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s expanded cyber security guidance. And finally: thousands of radiologic sensors were deployed in the U.S. following the attacks of September 11 2001. We’ll look at new efforts to secure those systems from cyber attack.

Is Public Health the Model for Securing the Internet of Things?

In-brief: are public health initiatives the best model for securing the Internet of Things? David Bray, the CIO for the Federal Communications Commission thinks they may be. 

With Executive Order, Cyber Criminals Join Terrorists, Traffickers on Sanctions List

In-brief: An Executive Order signed by President Obama on Wednesday will clear the way for cyber criminals to face the same sanctions as terrorist groups, illegal arms dealers and drug traffickers. One expert called the Order “momentous.” 

After Snowden, State Department Eyes Cloud-Nationalism

Amid the very public debate about the civil liberties implications of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying at home and abroad, the potential business fallout from the leak of classified information has been a footnote. But as the disclosures wear on, business leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere are beginning to discern the impact of the Snowden leaks. One place they’re voicing their concerns is The State Department, where technology vendors have been complaining of blowback from international customers, according to a senior State Department official who spoke with The Security Ledger. “We’re talking to cloud providers, including some very large cloud providers, about the challenges they face abroad,” the official said. The State Department has heard anecdotal reports of US firms losing business due to concerns about government surveillance, but companies have been reluctant to advertise lost accounts. At the same time, the State Department has heard of foreign competitors drumming […]