Cybersecurity

Public entities in nearly every state use federally-banned foreign tech, report says

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology found that at least 1,681 state and local governments purchased equipment from five Chinese companies that were banned by the federal government between 2015 and 2021.

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CISA sets voluntary cyber performance targets for critical infrastructure

A new set of documents and resources from the agency is designed to help critical infrastructure operators manage the basics of cybersecurity.

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CISA seeks feedback on baseline measures to secure cloud configuration

Initial baselines address Microsoft services, and baselines for configuring rival services from Google are up next. 

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CISA to focus on water, education and health sectors over the next year 

The agency contributed to the release of security requirements for the transportation sector this week and is expected to issue cross-sector performance goals for critical infrastructure companies’ voluntary adoption next week.

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White House looks to advance cyber safety labeling effort with 'initial scope' next spring

A senior administration official said the White House is beginning with a label that will focus on some of the most at-risk technologies – and that the National Institute of Standards and Technology will play a major role in getting it done.

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How the FBI stumbled in the war on cybercrime

Although cyberattacks were becoming more sophisticated, FBI officials told counterparts at DHS and elsewhere in the federal government that ransomware wasn’t a priority.

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White House preps security controls for commercial software acquisition

The administration is attempting to leverage the procurement powers of the federal government to bolster software cybersecurity for the first time.

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4 critical infrastructure sectors to get new cyber rules, per White House official

The deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging tech said it should be up to sector-specific agencies to decide who should  implement appropriate cybersecurity defenses.

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White House plans cyber labeling system for IoT devices

A consumer-focused cyber labeling scheme may be put into play after years on the drawing board.

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Are software bills of materials ready for prime time?

There's legislation afoot to require SBOMs in government procurement and industry is pushing back.

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CISA orders agencies to conduct weekly scans of networks and digital assets

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is taking a major step towards increasing its visibility into the risks facing federal networks.

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CISA launches DNS resolution shared service

The nation's cyber defense agency is launching a new shared service offering for all federal civilian agencies to bolster governmentwide cybersecurity and help thwart emerging internet traffic threats.

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The U.S. is the top target of ransomware attacks, report says

The majority of ransomware attacks worldwide targeted industries that play a "critical role" in domestic and international supply chains, according to new research.

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Watchdog dings IRS for vendor security lapses

Outdated antivirus software and missing security logs created risks for a key IRS communications platform, according to an inspector general report.

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Federal cyber mandates for water infrastructure are too costly to implement, experts tell Hill panel

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

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Biden adds cyber, data, supply chain risks to CFIUS reviews

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States will be required to consider five new sets of national security concerns – including cybersecurity – when reviewing foreign investments in the U.S. as part of a new executive order.

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Industry cautions on software security regs in the defense bill

Trade groups want Congress to remove a provision in the House-passed defense policy bill mandating software bills of materials in some federal acquisition.

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OMB: New acquisition rule coming for vendors to vouch for their software security

Agencies are also allowed to accept to-do lists from vendors who need to keep working up to a point where they can self-attest their compliance with NIST guidance.

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Cyber criminals increasingly relying on ransomware-as-a-service, report says

A new report reveals threat actors are using the same ransomware as in previous years – but relying on new malware-free intrusion methods and ransomware-as-a-service offerings to evade popular mitigation techniques.

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Maritime cybersecurity is front and center in Coast Guard reauthorization bill

A new Coast Guard reauthorization bill would provide some of the first cybersecurity protections and data management requirements for the U.S. Marine Transportation System in federal law.

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