Posts tagged Public Policy

3 min Public Policy

Georgia should not authorize "hack back"

[Update 05/09/18: Georgia Governor Deal vetoed SB 315. In a thoughtful veto statement [https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2018-05-08/deal-issues-2018-veto-statements] , the Governor noted that the legislation raised "concerns regarding national security implications and other potential ramifications," and that "SB 315 may inadvertently hinder the ability of government and private industries" to protect against breaches. The statement expressed interest in working with the cybersecurity and l

6 min Public Policy

UK NCSC's "Active Cyber Defence" Brings New Hope To Our Combined Fight Against Cybercrime

This week the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released their first report [https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/active-cyber-defence-one-year] on the year one results of their "Active Cyber Defence" (ACD) initiative. And, they're amazing. The ACD program came out of an 2016 effort to re-think, re-imagine and re-tool cybersecurity efforts across the UK. The ACD “aspires to protect the majority of people in the UK from the majority of the harm, caused by the majority of the attacks, for

3 min Public Policy

NIST Cyber Framework Updated With Coordinated Vuln Disclosure Processes

A key guideline for cybersecurity risk management now includes coordinated vulnerability disclosure and handling processes. This revision will help boost adoption of processes for receiving and analyzing vulnerabilities disclosed from external sources, such as researchers.

2 min Public Policy

FCC Repeals Net Neutrality: What Now?

[Update 05/16/18: The US Senate passed a resolution [https://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/CRA%20Net%20Neutrality%20.pdf], led by Sen. Ed Markey, to reject the FCC rule that repealed net neutrality. Rapid7 supports the resolution and other efforts to effectively reinstate net neutrality safeguards.] This week, Rapid7 hosted an event [https://www.rapid7.com/lp/net-neutrality/index.html] with Massachusetts’ Edward J. Markey and a number of Boston’s technology and business leaders to protest

2 min Public Policy

Welcome transparency on US government's process for disclosing vulnerabilities

The White House recently released details on the US government's process for disclosing - or retaining - zero-day vulnerabilities. The new VEP charter provides answers to several key questions, but it remains to be seen how it will operate in practice.

4 min Public Policy

Cybersecurity for NAFTA

When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was originally negotiated, cybersecurity was not a central focus. NAFTA came into force – removing obstacles to commercial trade activity between the US, Canada, and Mexico – in 1994, well before most digital services existed. Today, cybersecurity is a major economic force – itself a large industry and important source of jobs, as well as an enabler of broader economic health by reducing risk and uncertainty for businesses. Going forward, cybe

1 min Public Policy

An open letter concerning my resignation from the Digital Economy Board of Advisors

Yesterday I resigned from my position as a member of the Department of Commerce’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. It has been an honor to serve on the Board; however, I believe it is the responsibility of leaders to unequivocally denounce bigotry, racism, hate, and violence, and to respect diversity and uphold the values of an inclusive America. I am incredibly thankful to both my colleagues on the Board, as well as the team in the Department of Commerce, and have greatly valued the insight

5 min Public Policy

Copyright Office Calls For New Cybersecurity Researcher Protections

On Jun. 22, the US Copyright Office released [https://www.copyright.gov/policy/1201/section-1201-full-report.pdf] its long-awaited study on Sec. 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and it has important implications for independent cybersecurity researchers. Mostly the news is very positive. Rapid7 advocated extensively for researcher protections to be built into this report, submitting two sets of detailed comments—see here [/2016/03/15/rapid7-bugcrowd-and-hackerone-file-pro-res

2 min Public Policy

Legislation to Strengthen IoT Marketplace Transparency

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) is poised to introduce legislation to develop a voluntary cybersecurity standards program for the Internet of Things (IoT). The legislation, called the Cyber Shield Act, would enable IoT products that comply with the standards to display a label indicating a strong level of security to consumers – like an Energy Star rating for IoT. Rapid7 supports this legislation and believes greater transparency in the marketplace will enhance cybersecurity and protect consumers. The

4 min Public Policy

Rapid7 issues comments on NAFTA renegotiation

In April 2017, President Trump issued an executive order [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/01/presidential-executive-order-addressing-trade-agreement-violations-and] directing a review of all trade agreements. This process is now underway: The United States Trade Representative (USTR) – the nation's lead trade agreement negotiator – formally requested [https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USTR-2017-0006] public input on objectives for the renegotiation of the North American F

4 min Public Policy

White House Cybersecurity Executive Order Summary

Yesterday President Trump issued an Executive Order on cybersecurity: “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/11/presidential-executive-order-strengthening-cybersecurity-federal] The Executive Order (EO) appears broadly positive and well thought out, though it is just the beginning of a long process and not a sea change in itself. The EO directs agencies to come up with plans for securing and modern

4 min Public Policy

Rapid7 urges NIST and NTIA to promote coordinated disclosure processes

Rapid7 has long been a champion of coordinated vulnerability disclosure and handling processes [/2016/12/15/research-report-vulnerability-disclosure-survey-results] as they play a critical role in both strengthening risk management practices and protecting security researchers. We not only use coordinated disclosure processes in our own vulnerability disclosure [https://www.rapid7.com/disclosure/] and receiving activities, but also advocate [/2016/12/31/12-days-of-haxmas-year-end-policy-comment-

1 min Public Policy

Rapid7's Position on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27th, 2017, the White House issued an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States. [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states] ” As has been well-publicized, the Order suspends some immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, halts the refugee program for 120 days,

4 min Public Policy

12 Days of HaXmas: Year-End Policy Comment Roundup

Merry HaXmas to you! Each year we mark the 12 Days of HaXmas [/tag/haxmas] with 12 blog posts on hacking-related topics and roundups from the year. This year, we're highlighting some of the “gifts” we want to give back to the community. And while these gifts may not come wrapped with a bow, we hope you enjoy them. On the seventh day of Haxmas, the Cyber gave to me: a list of seven Rapid7 comments to government policy proposals! Oh, tis a magical season. It was an active 2016 for Rapid7's polic

2 min Nexpose

New and Improved Policy Manager

This year we've made many enhancements to the configuration policy assessment capabilities in Nexpose, including adding 4 new reports [/2016/07/05/getting-more-out-of-nexpose-policy-reports] and NIST 800-53 controls mapping [/2016/08/11/nist-800-53-control-mappings-in-sql-query-export]. Last week we unveiled a new and improved user interface for the Policy Manager, providing you with more information on your compliance position at your fingertips. With the new interface, you can quickly see how