Risk
8/4/2010
02:24 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Commerce Department Seeks Advice On Cybersecurity

Businesses, academics and the general public have been asked for input on cybersecurity's economic impact, authentication and identity-management technologies, research and development priorities and more.

The Department of Commerce is looking for advice from businesses, academics and even the general public about how to maintain cybersecurity while fostering innovation in the commercial Internet space.

In a Notice of inquiry (PDF), the department asks for comment about, among other things, the economic impact of cybersecurity preparedness; authentication and identity-management technologies; how to raise awareness about threats; how to engage globally on cybersecurity; and where to invest in research and development.

The department said it's seeking comment outside of the usual government channels because cybersecurity affects a much broader scope than that. The trillion-dollar Internet commerce market in particular is vulnerable to threats, according to the notice.

"Companies continue to face significant challenges in their ability to appropriately protect their computer systems, secure their proprietary, personal and financial information, and safeguard the integrity of business and other transactions that they conduct over the Internet," the department said in the notice. "Reports of significant, persistent, individual cyber intrusions occur on a regular basis, as do reports of widespread, untargeted cyber incidents."

The department's Internet Policy Task Force -- created in April to help develop cybersecurity policy -- is overseeing the request.

Cybersecurity is a priority for the Obama administration, and several agencies -- including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency -- all have different roles in establishing processes and policy around it.

However, much of the administration's work to date has been focused on protecting the .gov domain and critical infrastructure on which the Internet runs.

The Commerce Department's task force, on the other hand, is primarily seeking feedback on how to identify and evaluate cybersecurity challenges that face commercial entities and consumers outside of critical infrastructure, according to the notice.

The department also wants advice on how it can improve its execution of core cybersecurity responsibilities, which does indeed include supporting critical infrastructure and the people using it.

Responses to the request will assist the task force in preparing a report on cybersecurity, innovation and the Internet economy, according to the notice.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Must Reads - September 25, 2014
Dark Reading's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of identity and access management. Learn about access control in the age of HTML5, how to improve authentication, why Active Directory is dead, and more.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-5485
Published: 2014-09-30
registerConfiglet.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via unspecified vectors, related to the admin interface.

CVE-2012-5486
Published: 2014-09-30
ZPublisher.HTTPRequest._scrubHeader in Zope 2 before 2.13.19, as used in Plone before 4.3 beta 1, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers via a linefeed (LF) character.

CVE-2012-5487
Published: 2014-09-30
The sandbox whitelisting function (allowmodule.py) in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote authenticated users with certain privileges to bypass the Python sandbox restriction and execute arbitrary Python code via vectors related to importing.

CVE-2012-5488
Published: 2014-09-30
python_scripts.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via a crafted URL, related to createObject.

CVE-2012-5489
Published: 2014-09-30
The App.Undo.UndoSupport.get_request_var_or_attr function in Zope before 2.12.21 and 3.13.x before 2.13.11, as used in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1, allows remote authenticated users to gain access to restricted attributes via unspecified vectors.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
In our next Dark Reading Radio broadcast, we’ll take a close look at some of the latest research and practices in application security.