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FEC Clears Path for Warren to Spend Campaign Funds on Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
FEC Clears Path for Warren to Spend Campaign Funds on Cybersecurity
2022-09-16 20:23:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., can use campaign funds to pay for the cost of reasonable cybersecurity measures to protect her home network, the Federal Election Commission announced on Friday. The decision came in response to an advisory opinion... Read More

Cybersecurity
CISA Looking to Change Cybercrime Reporting Rules
2022-09-09 17:08:29
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — As cybercrimes are on the rise, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is asking people, businesses and other organizations for feedback on what its new reporting rules should look like. The agency released the eight-page request for information... Read More

Cybersecurity
Atlantic Council Offers New Approach to Cybersecurity  
2022-07-13 21:58:56
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — The Atlantic Council outlined Tuesday how the U.S. government and businesses can work together to protect the nation’s power grid from cyberattacks. The United States’ power grid is increasingly reliant on digital technology and the internet. This is... Read More

Cybersecurity
Military Officials Say They Need More Personnel for Cyber Threats
2022-04-05 21:02:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — If there was a single lesson to be learned from military leaders at a Senate hearing Tuesday, it was that the world has become a very dangerous place in recent years. Russia’s attack on Ukraine threatens to spill... Read More

Business
Private Companies Urged to Bulk Up Cyber Defenses
2022-03-21 22:01:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday urged private companies to bolster their cyber defenses, citing intelligence that suggests the Russian government is exploring “options for potential cyberattacks” on entities and critical infrastructure in the United States. “To be clear,... Read More

International
Cyberthreats Accompany Buildup of Russian Troops Near Ukraine
2022-01-27 14:32:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will not rule out risks of major cyberattacks against U.S. targets as it continues its political support for Ukraine amid rumblings of war with Russia. White House press spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the U.S.... Read More

Cybersecurity
World Economic Forum Warns Cyber Risks Add to Climate Threat

LONDON (AP) — Cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday. The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead of the annual... Read More

Trade
Commerce Department Tightens Export Controls on Cybersecurity Items
2021-10-22 20:05:15
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced on Wednesday it would institute new export controls over cybersecurity items such as cyber intrusion software that can be used maliciously. The department’s new policy also creates a... Read More

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Experts Point to More Investment Needed in Detection, Response
2021-10-14 19:27:49
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing emails, more than 85% of cyberattacks would be prevented, said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Thursday.  “The best hack is the... Read More

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity Minimum Standards Needed to Keep North America Secure
2021-10-05 14:57:07
by Victoria Turner

North American governments should come together to create a trilateral strategy to assess and address threats in a holistic risk-based approach to cybersecurity that includes a minimum set of standards, said three experts yesterday. As much as the pandemic has... Read More

Technology
Identity Authentication Key Piece of Cybersecurity Puzzle
2021-09-22 20:42:18
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Identity authentication is taking a front-and-center role in the administration's approach to ensuring robust cybersecurity across the U.S. government, according to Carole House, director of cybersecurity and secure digital Innovation at the White House National Security Council.  It... Read More

Cybersecurity
Turn Off, Turn On: Simple Step Can Thwart Top Phone Hackers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a member of the secretive Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Angus King has reason to worry about hackers. At a briefing by security staff this year, he said he got some advice on how to help... Read More

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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