Legislative Advising & Thought Leadership Initiatives – Expertise Needed

Who is ICIT?  ICIT is a non-partisan think tank whose Fellows provide objective advisory to the legislative community and collaborate with federal agency leaders on the country’s most pressing technology and cybersecurity issues related to critical infrastructure sectors including government, healthcare, finance, energy, and critical manufacturing.

What does ‘Advising’ Mean?  Policy makers need access to objective, trusted expertise in order to make the strong policy decisions.  ICIT’s briefings, one-on-one meetings and workshops are a conduit between technology and critical infrastructure providers (you) and policy makers, providing the legislative community and federal agencies the expertise they need.

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How To Keep NSA Computers From Turning Your Phone Conversations Into Searchable Text

“As soon as my article about how NSA computers can now turn phone conversations into searchable text came out on Tuesday, people started asking me: What should I do if I don’t want them doing that to mine?”

“The solution, as it is to so many other outrageously invasive U.S. government tactics….”

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For years, a Passport Agency contractor copied passport applicants’ data to create fake identities

A woman employed as a State Department contractor was indicted in Houston on Wednesday for an alleged identity theft scheme using personal information she stole while working at a passport office.

The contractor, Chloe McClendon, and two other women were charged “with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft,” according to the Associated Press.

Since 2010, the defendants used the stolen names, addresses and Social Security numbers from people’s passports to create fake documents and used those identities to borrow money to purchase electronics, including iPhones and iPads….

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US Passport Agency contractors harvested Americans’ data for identity theft

Chloe McClendon worked for a State Department contractor, and conspired with two others to steal the identities of passport applicants by photographing their applications while processing them.

The State Department has dealt with the problem by banning phones and cameras in passport processing centers. They have not ended the practice of collecting titanic amounts of information on Americans, indefinitely retaining it, and letting contractors handle it….

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House passes cybersecurity bill

The House today passed the first major cybersecurity bill since the calamitous hacks on Sony Entertainment, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase.

Passed 307-116, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA), backed by House Intelligence Committee leaders, would give companies liability protections when sharing cyber threat data with government civilian agencies, such as the Treasury or Commerce Departments.

“This bill will strengthen our digital defenses so that American consumers and businesses will not be put at the mercy of cyber criminals,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

The legislation is the first of three measures Congress must pass to finally get a cyber info-sharing law in place. The White House has put its hesitant….

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