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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Introduces Federal Network Protection Act

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has introduced a bill that will clarify directives the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can implement for the protection of federal computer systems. The Federal Network Protection Act allows the DHS secretary to issue Binding Operational Directives for the removal of compromised systems on federal …

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NIST Eyes New Cryptography Standards to Protect Data in Small Networked Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a new initiative that aims to develop ‘lightweight’ cryptographic algorithm standards in an effort to safeguard data in radio frequency identification tags and other small internet-connected devices. NIST said Thursday it issued a draft document that outlines the submission requirements and assessment criteria …

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DARPA Aims to Accelerate Zero-Day Threat Detection Via Computer-Human Collaboration Tech Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a 42-month program that aims to develop new platforms designed to speed up the detection of zero-day vulnerabilities through computer-human collaboration. The Computers and Humans Exploring Software Security program will deal with five technical areas and one of those areas will initially …

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Kirstjen Nielsen: DHS Aims to Provide Critical Infrastructure Cyber Support via ‘Security as a Service’ Program

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS might directly deliver cybersecurity services to energy companies, airports and other critical infrastructure operators under a new White House cyber strategy, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Nielsen told reporters at the RSA Cybersecurity Conference in San Francisco that the cyber strategy will …

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NIST Publishes Modified Cybersecurity Framework; Matt Barrett Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the modified version of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, citing changes that address different cybersecurity issues. NIST said Monday the Version 1.1 of the Cybersecurity Framework include “authentication and identity,” “self-assessing cybersecurity risk,” “managing cybersecurity within the supply chain” …

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Reports: White House Cyber Leader Rob Joyce to Rejoin NSA

Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, will step down from his position to rejoin the National Security Agency, Reuters reported Tuesday. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a media roundtable during the RSA Conference that National Security Adviser John Bolton would appoint Joyce’s successor. The Washington Post reported Joyce joined …

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DOE Invests Funds on Energy Cybersecurity RD&D Effort

The Department of Energy has invested a $25 million funding opportunity announcement to finance a new effort aiming to strengthen cybersecurity capacities in the energy sector. The DOE said Monday its Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program seeks to push research, development and demonstration that …

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