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WASHINGTON—The White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity is asking for public feedback about cybersecurity trends and promising approaches to overcoming cybersecurity obstacles. NAFCU said it is preparing a response to highlight credit unions’ cybersecurity concerns.
The request for information focuses on how organizations have successfully addressed cybersecurity challenges in the past and how they are trying to position themselves to meet future challenges. The commission is also asking about emerging innovations, incentives for enhancing cybersecurity and how the government can play a role in bolstering cybersecurity in the private sector, NAFCU explained.
The commission is made up of 12 members from the business, technology and academic sectors, chosen by the president and congressional leaders from both parties. It includes the president and CEO of MasterCard, the chief security officer of Uber, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Research and a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Stanford Center for International Security.
The commission is a central part of President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity action plan, released in February, which aims to address cybersecurity challenges including the government’s transition to EMV.
In July, the White House released a new policy directive highlighting how federal government agencies should respond to cyber incidents. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger welcomed the directive but emphasized that more needs to be done to protect consumers from the increasing number of retail data breaches.
NAFCU said it continues to push for Congress to act on H.R. 2205/S. 961, the “Data Security Act,” which would hold retailers to the same strong data security standard that credit unions follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The legislation would also institute notification requirements in the event of breaches.