DEPT OF ENERGY: Find Fuel During Disasters with Lantern Live App. This app crowdsources the ability to find fuel during an emergency through user-generated status reports of local gas stations. It also allows users to check for power outages in the area, and includes useful tips and guidelines for emergency situations. Read more

FAA: FAA’s Treatment Of Amazon Proves Congress Must Act Or Companies Will Take Drone Research Abroad. Inc, has begun utilizing outdoor testing facilities outside the United States and has told the FAA that America’s current regulatory environment will force the company to move more research and development abroad unless substantial progress is quickly made on efforts to integrate drones into the national airspace. Read more

NEW YORK: New York Cybersecurity Exams Will Be Tougher than FFIEC’s. New York regulator Benjamin Lawsky has confirmed expectations that his agency’s forthcoming cybersecurity examination process for state-chartered banks will be much tougher and more precise than federal regulators’ cyber assessments. Read more

OPM: OPM plans new case management system to speed retirement processing. The Office of Personnel Management has shrunk its inventory of outstanding retirement claims from 23,544 in February to just over 14,000 cases at last count, said Kenneth Zawodny, associate director of retirement services at the agency. Although external factors have contributed to the backlog — including a flood of early retirements among U.S. Postal Service workers responding to a buyout offer — OPM is also hamstrung by a lack of automation, a struggle to connect legacy systems, and difficulty finding information on retirees who have moved across agencies and in and out of government during their careers. Read more


FISMA: Reform Heading to the White House Congress Passes Two Cybersecurity Bills. For the first time in 12 years, Congress has passed and sent to the White House major cybersecurity legislation, including an update to the law that governs federal government information security. Read more

E-COMMERCE: Alibaba security flaws exposed data on millions of users, analysts say. Two separate vulnerabilities, discovered by two different security analysts, exposed personal details such as names and shipping addresses and left merchants’ accounts open to easy attacks from hackers, who could have stolen financial information or hijacked merchant accounts. Read more

NEW CYBER SECURITY ASSESSMENT: New York DFS Announces New Cyber Security Assessment Process for Banks. New York’s Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky issued an industry guidance letter to all New York Department of Financial Services (DFS)-regulated banks announcing the department’s new, targeted cyber security preparedness assessments. Read more


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