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The national cyber director's role comes into sharper focus. Unpacking a proposal that would require election security officials to report intrusions. And the FTC signals its growing interest in privacy matters. This is CyberScoop for October 29, 2021.

NCD Chris Inglis states his intent

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis had a busy Thursday explaining his office, first and foremost with a "statement of strategic intent." It gave a sense of what he'll focus on, from public-private collaboration to resilience, and how he'll get there. His post is the newest kid on the block in a crowded field of cyber-centric agencies and offices, and Congress has had questions about how it'll fit into the rest of the bureaucracy. Tim Starks breaks it down.

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Should cyber incident notification requirements apply to elections?

Current law does not currently require state and local governments to report cyber incidents, such as attempted hacks or ransomware incidents, to the federal government. Some of the top minds in the election security space want to change that, and it could happen as part of the current congressional push to require critical infrastructure owners to report cyber incidents. But it's not clear how it would work when a local government is in control, or whether election officials want to share politically sensitive information given the fraught nature of election administration politics at the moment. AJ Vicens explains.

More breach notification rules on the way?

The Federal Trade Commission is weighing updating its rules to require financial institutions to report within 30 days any security incidents in which misuse of customer data of at least 1,000 customers likely occurred. The proposal adds to a list of agency actions putting privacy at the center of its enforcement agenda. The FTC also finalized an update to its rules for safeguarding consumer financial information by introducing more detailed requirements including encryption and multi-factor authentication to secure consumer data. Tonya Riley reports.

Speaking of the national cyber director...

Federal CISO Chris DeRusha will continue to serve in that job as well as in the second job of deputy national cyber director for federal cybersecurity. Inglis said on Twitter that he was eager to see how DeRusha's dual-hat role "will improve federal coherence in the cyber domain." Inglis predicted the designation would aid federal agency cyber officials. Tim has this one, also.

US charges alleged extortionist with demanding $150K from MLB

U.S. prosecutors have charged a 30-year-old man with attempting to extort Major League Baseball and broadcasting illegal game streams after he allegedly breached the league’s website. Attorneys from the Southern District of New York charged Joshua Streit with running HeheStreams.com, a website that allowed users to stream games from the MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL for a fee, according to a complaint. The site attracted a sizable following on social media and discussion forums like Reddit, where fans congregated to praise the cheap prices HeheStreams offered in comparison to the leagues’ official streaming service. Jeff Stone has more.

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