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Rob Joyce Appointed NSA Cybersecurity Director

Rob Joyce

Rob Joyce, special liaison officer for the National Security Agency (NSA) at the U.S. embassy in London, has been named as the next head of NSA's cybersecurity directorate. He will succeed 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Anne Neuberger, who has served as the agency's cyber chief since May 2019 and will transition to a new role as deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology.

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NSA Releases Guidance on ‘DNS Over HTTPS’ Cybersecurity Approach

CISA Cybersecurity Tools

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a guidance on the implementation, benefits and disadvantages of using a form of encrypted Domain Name System to fortify user privacy and authentication procedures. NSA said in the guidance that DNS over Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (DoH) can help prevent DNS traffic breaches and system manipulation resulting from unauthorized access.

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CISA Establishes Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Venture

Lt. Col. Jody Ogle

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has launched a venture under its National Risk Management Center that will oversee cyber threat mitigation efforts in support of systems critical to economic and national security. NRMC plans to achieve an initial operating capability for the architecture this year. CISA additionally intends to fund national laboratories in support of other software assurance efforts. 

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U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Partnership Selects Tech Projects for New Awards; William Bryan Quoted

William Bryan

An international partnership between the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate and Israel has awarded a total amount of $1.5 million to homeland security projects that tackle 3D mapping, threat detection and other topics of interest. The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation issued awards to Liberty Defense Technologies, Levitection, Ception Technologies and Hivemapper under the HLS program. 

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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NSA Releases Report on 2020 Cybersecurity Initiatives; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued its 2020 Cybersecurity Report that details progress on the agency's initiatives focused on integrating threat intelligence, cryptographic knowledge, vulnerability analysis, defensive operations and technical expertise. According to the report, NSA was able to help the Department of Defense (DoD) modernize encryption procedures and mitigate attacks resulting from quantum systems and “adversarial computational advances”.

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Mike Pompeo OKs State Department’s Cyberspace Security and Emerging Tech Bureau

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, secretary of the Department of State, has approved plans to establish a bureau aimed at ensuring the security of U.S. emerging technologies and cyberspace capabilities. The Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies will spearhead U.S. efforts to foster international partnerships and drive the discussion on technology and cyber policy issues.

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NSA Posts Cybersecurity Paper on Remediating Outdated Network Encryption Protocols

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has warned about risks posed by obsolete encryption protocols and offered a cybersecurity information sheet for identifying and replacing outdated Transport Layer Security or Secure Sockets Layer configurations that could be used for decryption and exploitation of sensitive data.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Expected to Appoint First National Cyber Director in 2021

White House

Following the compromise of multiple federal agencies as a result of the SolarWinds hack, the expectation is that President-elect Joe Biden will appoint the first national cyber director (NCD), a position the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021 will create, after taking office Jan. 20th. Montgomery also stated that there’s a “drastic” gap between the cyber defense for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community.

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NSA Releases Guidance on Cloud Security Against Authentication Breaches

National Security

The National Security Agency (NSA) has published new guidance on how to address cyber threats that tamper with authentication systems to illegally access cloud-based data. NSA said Thursday that its recent advisory, titled “Detecting Abuse of Authentication Mechanisms,” references state-sponsored cyber actors who forged credentials and exploited vulnerabilities to obtain unauthorized access.

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