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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Cyber

CISA releases updated critical workers guidance

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) personnel said the agency has released an updated version of its Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance, which focuses on safety and nationwide operations. Version 4.0 of the document reflects the changing landscape of the... Read More »

BAE Systems secures Marines wargaming prototype contract

The Marine Corps has awarded a $19 million contract to BAE Systems to develop the prototype design for a Wargaming Center at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. “We will build on our experience supporting the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Wargaming Division and partner with a diverse... Read More »

NSA, FBI issue Russian malware advisory

National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) personnel have issued a new Cybersecurity Advisory regarding previously undisclosed Russian malware. The NSA and FBI said the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) 85th Main Special Service Center... Read More »

Senate passes cybersecurity bolstering measure

A group of lawmakers are espousing the benefits of the Senate’s recent passage of a FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment designed to bolster cybersecurity. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Gary Peters (D-MI) said the amendment... Read More »

Sen. Gardner advocates cybersecurity enhancement efforts

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) forwarded correspondence last week to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) personnel, urging efforts to bolster cybersecurity infrastructure against Russia and China threats. Gardner maintains the advocacy... Read More »

DARPA initiates bug bounty program

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) officials said the organization has launched Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering (FETT), its inaugural bug bounty program. The endeavor, which officials said seeks to uncover potential weaknesses within new secure processors in development on the... Read More »

Legislation targets national cybersecurity enhancement

A New York lawmaker has introduced a trio of measures he said are designed to enhance national cybersecurity while bolstering stability in leadership positions, funding, and resources. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) said the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director and Assistant... Read More »

Collaboration targets enhanced cyber defense

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a means of aiding state and local governments with cyber defense efforts. The APL and DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have enlisted the assistance of... Read More »

Secret Service forms Cyber Fraud Task Forces

Secret Service officials said the agency is merging its Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) and Financial Crimes Task Forces (FCTFs) to form the Cyber Fraud Task Forces (CFTFs). The action stems from the recognition of the convergence of cyber and traditional financial crimes. “The... Read More »

DHS S&T targets security technology transition

The George Washington University has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to aid the effort focusing on security technology transition (STT). The university would establish a new Center of Excellence (COE) delivering a pilot Master... Read More »

Bill introduced to establish National Cyber Director

Lawmakers have introduced a measure creating a National Cyber Director position within the White House, who would serve as the president’s principal advisor on cybersecurity issues. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Cyberspace Solarium commissioner, joined five colleagues in presenting the National... Read More »

Bill targets research, intellectual property protections

Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Chris Coons (D-DE) joined 13 colleagues last week to introduce legislation designed to prevent foreign governments from stealing research and intellectual property domestically developed at colleges and universities. The Safeguarding American Innovation Act gives... Read More »

Bills target cybersecurity defense vulnerability

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced last week two bills, the Continuity of Economy Act of 2020 and the National Guard Cyber Interoperability Act of 2020, designed to address the nation’s cybersecurity defense vulnerabilities. Peters, ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental... Read More »

CISA unveils initial cyber toolkit

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said the initial launch of six Cyber Essentials Toolkits provides small businesses and government agencies with a foundational means of addressing cybersecurity risks. “We thank all of our partners in government and the private... Read More »