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Lawmakers Fear China-Backed Huawei May Control 5G

Senators expressed concerns that Huawei’s plan to offer 5G network equipment to U.S. allies could put international government and military communications at risk of disruptions, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said during a recent hearing that allowing the China-backed company to provide and manage the technology internationally may affect global communications, intelligence sharing and military operations. 

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CISA Seeking More Funds to Boost Critical Infrastructure Security

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he wants to use additional funding for fiscal year 2020 to provide more technical assistance to stakeholders to better protect critical infrastructures, FCW reported Wednesday. He said Congress should give the same level of focus on other infrastructures as it does on election security. 

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CISA Focusing on Election Interference, Centralized Cyber Budget Approach

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency looks to apply a centralized approach to managing cyber capability requirements to protect federal agency networks, FCW reported Tuesday. Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security component and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he wants lawmakers and agency heads to consider cyber risk assessment and mitigation efforts in the budget process to streamline acquisition and coordination. 

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Christopher Krebs: DHS Launching New Hiring System for Cyber Professionals

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said DHS plans to unveil a new personnel system in late 2019 to provide agency officials “capabilities to hire people based on their skill sets, not what’s on a piece of paper,” Nextgov reported Thursday. “I need a different set of hiring authorities and that’s part of what we’re doing,” Krebs said Thursday during the Forcepoint Cybersecurity Leadership Forum.

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Cristopher Krebs: CISA’s ‘Protect 2020’ Initiative Will Address Election Cybersecurity Issues

Cristopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said during a House testimony that CISA will address electoral security through its Protect 2020 effort, The Hill reported Wednesday. Krebs said in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee that the project revolves around identifying cybersecurity priorities, fortifying election systems and addressing auditing issues to assist state and local officials ahead of the presidential election.

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Christopher Krebs: Critical Infrastructures, Election, Supply Chain Among CISA’s Priorities for 2019

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the initial years of the newly-established agency will focus on protecting U.S. critical infrastructures and network, increasing stakeholder engagement and maturing the organization, CSO reported Wednesday.

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CISA Lead Chris Krebs: Election Security Stays as Top Priority After Shutdown

Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the newly-built agency will continue to work on election security as a top priority through 2020, Politico reported Wednesday. CISA’s ongoing security efforts focus on future elections and protecting the U.S. supply chains, federal networks, industrial control systems and the education sector from cyber threats, Krebs told Politico.

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DHS Doubling Efforts to Protect 2020 US Elections

The Department of Homeland Security will double its efforts to deter hackers and foreign influence campaigns for the upcoming elections in 2020, when President Trump expects to run for re-election, CNET reported Thursday. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said they are “doubling down for 2020" to protect election systems and the public. 

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Sens. Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio Calling for ‘Threat Assessments’ on Foreign-Made VPNs

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the potential ban of foreign-made virtual private networks for use by government employees. Wyden and Rubio are urging Christoper Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to conduct a threat assessment on the national security risks that come with government employees using browsers that run on VPNs created by foreign companies.

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Christopher Krebs: CISA’s Return to Full Operational Capacity Could Take Weeks

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said it could take weeks for the agency to become fully operational again, FCW reported Friday. Krebs noted the newly created DHS agency’s initial contingency plan can only aid operations for one to two weeks amid the shutdown which resulted in a lapse of funding.

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