Cybersecurity

Air Force, DDS to Administer Cybersecurity Workshops, Hacking Contests in DEF CON Virtual Event; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The Defense Digital Service and the Department of the Air Force plan to host a series of virtual workshops and hacking contests that tackle space system security. The Space Security Challenge 2020 calls for security researchers to take part in a satellite hacking contest and virtual workshops from Aug. 7 to 9 as part of the DEF CON online event.

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CISA Reframing Cyber Hiring Approach; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is reassessing its cyber recruitment approach by prioritizing an applicant’s skills over professional experience. Christopher Krebs, director of CISA and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the agency is focusing on younger applicants with hands-on cybersecurity experience. 

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NSA Reports on New Cyber Vulnerability in Computers

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a report on a new cyber vulnerability that threatens certain systems present within the Department of Defense and other organizations. The BootHole vulnerability allows cyber actors to get through the Secure Boot security standard that makes devices boot only with software trusted by original manufacturers. 

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CISA Announces Details of 2020 National Cybersecurity Summit

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will host the third National Cybersecurity Summit, a webinar series that will run every Wednesday from Sept. 16th to Oct. 7th. The virtual event will revolve around the themes of key cyber insights, digital transformation leadership, cybersecurity diversity and democracy protection.

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Report: Vaccine Developer Moderna Alerted to Suspected Reconnaissance Activities by China-Backed Hackers

Data Breach

Moderna, a Massachusetts-based biotech company working on a coronavirus vaccine, had been a target of hackers with links to the Chinese government. A U.S. security official said threat actors targeted the company in an effort to steal research data on its vaccine candidate.

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CISA Accepts Entries to President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition 2020

CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has opened applications for an annual cybersecurity competition intended for federal employees. Those who serve with the Department of Defense and other components of the federal executive branch may enter the second President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition to demonstrate cyber skills, CISA said Tuesday.

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