Government Takes Helm on Cybersecurity As Ransomware and Spying Threats Grow
Cybercrime
Government Takes Helm on Cybersecurity As Ransomware and Spying Threats Grow
2021-07-20 21:27:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- As the international blame game over ransomware heats up this week, the U.S. government is scrambling for solutions with increasingly combative strategies. Legislation that won tentative approval in Congress on Monday anticipates a bigger role for the U.S.... Read More

Biden: US Damage Appears Minimal in Big Ransomware Attack
Cybercrime
Biden: US Damage Appears Minimal in Big Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that damage to U.S. businesses in the biggest ransomware attack on record appears minimal, though information remained incomplete. The company whose software was exploited said fewer than 1,500 businesses worldwide appeared compromised... Read More

Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
Cybersecurity
Energy Department Requests $201 Million to Bolster Cyber Defense
2021-06-28 20:02:22
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm requested $201 million in additional funds to fortify her department’s cybersecurity defenses in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Granholm’s request came in response to a ransomware attack on an... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Increased Defense Funding, Prioritizing of National Defense
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Increased Defense Funding, Prioritizing of National Defense
2021-06-24 14:48:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is calling on its congressional colleagues to approve the Biden administration’s $753 billion defense spending request for Fiscal Year 2022, saying the proposed $12.3 billion increase over last year will better... Read More

Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
Defense
Defense Supply Chain Management Systems Are Vulnerable, GAO Says
2021-06-24 14:30:50
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office issued a report this week addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense inventory management systems used to manage the national defense supply chain. Risks in six inventory management systems run by the Defense... Read More

FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
Telecom
FCC Seeks to Secure US Communications Networks
2021-06-18 14:53:29
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry intended to secure the nation’s communications networks against cyberattacks. With seven ransomware attacks per hour in 2020, a total of 65,000,... Read More

Warner Contemplates Mandatory Cyberattack Reporting Bill
Cybersecurity
Warner Contemplates Mandatory Cyberattack Reporting Bill
2021-06-16 14:15:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The rise in profit-driven cyberattacks has prompted Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., to contemplate a mandatory reporting bill so law enforcement can promptly take action on urgent threats. Warner told Axios recently that he... Read More

White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
Cybersecurity
White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
2021-06-16 14:02:41
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress edges closer to putting a final infrastructure bill on President Joe Biden’s desk, it looks like lawmakers and the White House are aligned in their commitment to bolster U.S. cybersecurity through increased federal investment, focusing on... Read More

Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
Think Tanks
Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
2021-06-11 19:02:40
by Victoria Turner

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. recently went into a couple of Lincoln car dealerships in Syracuse, New York, but “neither one of them had any cars.”  “And they’re not going to have any cars for several weeks because of the chip... Read More

Federal Government Prepares to Take Lead in Protecting Industry Computer Networks
Cybersecurity
Federal Government Prepares to Take Lead in Protecting Industry Computer Networks
2021-06-10 13:04:54
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Testimony at a congressional hearing Wednesday on last month’s Colonial Pipeline Co. ransomware attack demonstrated that a bigger role for the federal government is coming soon to protect private computer networks. The Georgia-based company’s chief executive officer admitted... Read More

Granholm Calls for Public-Private Partnership to Thwart Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
Granholm Calls for Public-Private Partnership to Thwart Cyberattacks
2021-06-10 13:00:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm would like to see more public-private cooperation on cyber defenses and said U.S. adversaries already are capable of using cyber intrusions to shut down the U.S. power grid. "I think that there are very... Read More

US Pipelines Ordered to Increase Cyber Defenses After Hack
Cybersecurity
US Pipelines Ordered to Increase Cyber Defenses After Hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. pipeline operators will be required for the first time to conduct a cybersecurity assessment under a Biden administration directive in response to the ransomware hack that disrupted gas supplies in several states this month. The Transportation... Read More

US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
Geopolitics
US Cybersecurity Defense Must Meet Adversaries’ ‘Pace and Scale’
2021-05-12 20:39:50
by Victoria Turner

“Make no mistake, our adversaries want to divide us to conquer us,” warned Erin Joe, section chief of the private sector office of the FBI, noting that nation-states like Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are deploying daily cyberattacks against... Read More

Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plans Needed for Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Disaster Prevention and Recovery Plans Needed for Cybersecurity
2021-05-11 15:14:04
by Victoria Turner

Last year saw an increase of 20% in cyberattacks against organizations, said James Turgal, vice president of Optiv, during the first day of the CyberSatDigital conference. The most common attack, with over 184 million reported last year, is known as... Read More

FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
2021-04-30 18:50:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In a covert operation to undercut hacking groups’ attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange email program, the FBI has begun accessing hundreds of vulnerable computers in the United States to remove malicious web shells.  Web shells, interfaces... Read More

US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
Cybersecurity
US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
2021-04-22 15:51:15
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress continues to worry about the nation’s cybersecurity, a key high-ranking military witness during a Senate hearing Wednesday said he was “concerned about the pace” of building an adequate cybersecurity workforce.  When Congress tasked the Department of... Read More

Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
Cybersecurity
Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
2021-03-10 14:26:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Microsoft is placing the blame for a hack on its email software on China after President Joe Biden called on allied nations to create a new set of rules governing cybersecurity threats across the globe. It is believed... Read More

SolarWinds Cyberattack Prompts Calls for Aggressive Countermeasures
Congress
SolarWinds Cyberattack Prompts Calls for Aggressive Countermeasures
2021-03-01 16:54:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional hearing Friday showed that foreign computer hackers are facing a growing likelihood of counterattack from the United States as a result of the SolarWinds software breach. Lawmakers and computer industry officials agreed the hackers must face... Read More

Massive Breach Fuels Calls for US Action on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Massive Breach Fuels Calls for US Action on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jolted by a sweeping hack that may have revealed government and corporate secrets to Russia, U.S. officials are scrambling to reinforce the nation's cyber defenses and recognizing that an agency created two years ago to protect America's... Read More

Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Experts Caution Congress About 'Global Emergency' from Hackers
2021-02-11 15:00:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Cybersecurity experts suggested to a congressional committee Wednesday that lawmakers act quickly to address growing threats from hackers. They mentioned the SolarWinds computer infiltration by the Russians last year and a hacker’s attempt to poison a Florida municipal... Read More

Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants
Cybercrime
Hack Exposes Vulnerability of Cash-Strapped US Water Plants

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A hacker's botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation's water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants... Read More

Defense and Homeland Discuss Priorities for Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Defense and Homeland Discuss Priorities for Cybersecurity
2021-02-05 19:58:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dramatic changes in the workforce and service delivery have posed unique security challenges over the last year. Evolving technologies are accommodating training and remote work, but new cybersecurity threats continue to emerge.  In the last few years, directives... Read More

CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
Cybersecurity
CISA Needs to be ‘Quarterback’ of U.S. Cybersecurity, Rep. Katko Says
2021-01-28 15:01:08
by Victoria Turner

Recent cyberattacks on U.S. federal systems point to the need to make the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency the "centralizing authority system" for the nation, said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., during a fireside chat at the State of Net Conference. That... Read More

Russian Hack of US Agencies Exposed Supply Chain Weaknesses
Cybersecurity
Russian Hack of US Agencies Exposed Supply Chain Weaknesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn't bother trying to break one by one into the networks of each department. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a... Read More

Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
Cybersecurity
Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
2020-12-18 21:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for members of Congress regarding the recently revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and major American companies. The attack is widely... Read More

Fired Cybersecurity Official Rebuts GOP Claims of Election Fraud at Senate Hearing
Cybersecurity
Fired Cybersecurity Official Rebuts GOP Claims of Election Fraud at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON — The U.S. cybersecurity chief fired by President Donald Trump last month after he pushed back on allegations of election fraud testified before Congress on Wednesday that such baseless conspiracy theories are having a “corrosive” effect on the public’s... Read More

Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
Litigation
Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
2020-12-01 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A former Trump administration head of cybersecurity is considering legal action against a lawyer for the president who said Monday he should be executed. The dispute arose from President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud during the presidential... Read More

Government Agencies Make Progress Implementing Zero Trust
Cybersecurity
Government Agencies Make Progress Implementing Zero Trust
2020-11-23 18:41:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Zero Trust is an approach to the design and implementation of internet technology networks. This security concept developed out of the belief that organizations should not trust anything — either outside or inside — its perimeter. Therefore, everything... Read More

Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say
Cybersecurity
Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved... Read More

Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave
Cybersecurity
Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave

WASHINGTON — Key officials at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are stepping down or expecting to get fired from their roles as President Donald Trump continues to question the results of the Nov. 3 election, saying he was the victim of a fraudulent voting process.... Read More

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