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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

NERC CIP Cybersecurity Standards for Utilities: What You Need to Know

What the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) regulations mean to utilities and cybersecurity strategies, according to MSSP Trustwave.

U.S. Not Prepared for Future Nation-State Cyber Attacks, DHS Head Says

The United Stattes to evolve its digital defense strategy to safeguard against cyberattacks, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asserts.

U.S. Election 2020 and Cybersecurity: The Strategy

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, explains 2020 election security strategy.

New IoT Bill Mandates Minimum Cybersecurity Standards for Device Makers

Lawmakers are taking a third stab at mandating minimum national security standards for IoT devices, introducing The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 in both chambers of Congress.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley: FTC Privacy and Safeguard Changes?

Potential changes to the FTC’s Safeguards Rule and Privacy Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLB”) could be coming.

U.S. Cybersecurity Budget: $11 Billion for 2020?

President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal calls for nearly $11 billion for cybersecurity, most of which would go to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security’s initiatives and operations.

SEC Hires Chief Risk Officer to Boost Cybersecurity Efforts

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) hires Gabriel Benincasa as the SEC’s first chief risk officer (CRO). Benincasa will focus on strengthening the agency’s risk management & cybersecurity efforts.

Potential California Law: Campaign Cash for Secure Devices?

Political candidates in California would be able to use campaign funds to help secure their office computers and personal devices if a new bill introduced by a state legislator becomes law.

NIST Updates Mobile Device Security Guide: What MSSPs Need to Know

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) releases a mobile device security guide.

Privacy: California Gov Suggests Facebook, Google Should Pay Consumers For Their Data

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposes tech giants such as Facebook and Google, which make billions from using the private data of the state’s 40 million residents, pay them for the privilege.