In the news round-up, Alan Cohn and I dive deep on the Government Oversight Committee's report on the OPM Hack, the ongoing fight between Apple and the EU, and the latest PlayPen decision in United States v. Torres.
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Was the OPM hack a "criminal" act or a state-sanctioned espionage operation? The glass grows dimmer.
Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #83: An Interview with Bruce Schneier at "Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015"
Bruce Schneier joins Stewart Baker and Alan Cohn for an episode recorded live in front of an audience of security and privacy professionals.
"U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts” says the headline in Ellen Nakashima's story in the Post. We have heard this story before--for many years. The persistent failure to follow through is much worse than embarassing.
Our guest for episode 77 is Bruce Andrews, the deputy secretary of the Commerce Department. Alan Cohn and I pepper Bruce with questions about export controls on cybersecurity technology, stopping commercial cyberespionage, the future of the NIST cybersecurity framework, and how we can get on future cybersecurity trade missions, among other things.
In the news roundup, Alan and I puzzle over the administration’s reluctance to blame China for its hacks of US agencies.
Last month, I attended a briefing given by members of the Virginia Cyber Commission hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. I was impressed by what I heard. So we invited the Commission’s Executive Director, Rear Admiral Bob Day (USCG, Ret.) to come tell us more about the Commission’s work and the upcoming release of its report later this month. But first, some background on the Commission:
Our guest commentator for episode 74 is Catherine Lotrionte, a recognized expert on international cyberlaw and the associate director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security at Georgetown University. We dive deep on the United Nations Group of Government Experts, and the recent agreement of that group on a few basic norms for cyberspace. Predictably, I break out in hives at the third mention of “norms” and default to jokes about “Cheers.”