In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of January 8, 2018

Posted: January 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we look at the latest commentary on the need to address infrastructure investment, debates regarding the definition of cybersecurity and regulation of smart infrastructure technology systems, and the latest cyber news surrounding the talent shortage in the cyber job market and new threats from Russian hackers targeting the U.S. Senate.


What would it take to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure?

By Daniel Bush for PBS News Hour, a discussion of the most pressing infrastructure needs facing the country as discussions continue on the federal level for incentives and possible legislation to address investment and public-private partnerships for state and local infrastructure projects.

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Cybersecurity: Time for a New Definition

From Susan Landau and the Lawfare legal blog, a discussion on the working and legal definition of ‘cybersecurity’ at play in conversations about various computer-based attacks and threats at the federal level, including election interference, and how current documented definitions fail to address emerging threats.

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Research suggests cybersecurity skills shortage is getting worse

In this report from CSO, Jon Oltsik looks at new data that suggests the long-standing skills gap that has created a shortage of talent in the cybersecurity job market has only continued to grow, becoming what some would describe as an existential threat.

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Russian hackers planning to target U.S. Senate, cybersecurity firm says

Raphael Satter writes for the Chicago Tribune on new reports from Trend Micro Inc., a security research firm, that indicate Russian government-aligned hackers have been targeting the United States Senate over the past several months.

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Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City?

For Forbes, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Policy Director at Competitive Enterprise Institute, advocates for liberalization of the markets in emerging smart technologies that will impact future smart infrastructure systems. The trend in regulation of utilities, Crews argues, impedes efficiency and stands in the way of capturing the potential benefits of synergies.

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