Tag Archives: Christopher Krebs

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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Christopher Krebs Explains Rationale Behind CISA’s Directive on DNS Tampering Campaign

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has explained the reason behind CISA’s move to release its first emergency directive about Domain Name System tampering activities. Reports from FireEye and Cisco Talos revealed that malicious actors gained access to accounts that regulated DNS records and “made them resolve to their own infrastructure before relaying it to the real address,” Krebs wrote in a blog post published Thursday.
 

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DHS’ Christopher Krebs Issues Directive to Address Domain Name System Tampering Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security has released an emergency directive to guide federal agencies how to address Domain Name System tampering activities. Attackers compromise DNS by targeting user credentials, altering DNS records and accessing valid encryption certificates that allow them to decrypt the redirected traffic, Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, wrote in the directive released Tuesday.

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Congress OKs Bill to Create New Cyber Agency at DHS

A bill that would establish a cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature after Congress passed the measure. The House on Tuesday unanimously approved the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act a month after the Senate passed the legislation, DHS said Tuesday.

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Christopher Krebs: NPPD Seeks to Understand Industry Functions, Services in Critical Infrastructure

Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, has said the NPPD aims to delve into the roles of various private industries in critical infrastructure, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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Senate Approves Bill Renaming DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate

The Senate has passed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, which renames the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the NPPD, approved the bill’s passage, saying that the new name “clarifies and clearly signifies our mission” and will “help significantly in terms of recruiting.”

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DHS, DOE Launch Collaborative Effort to Secure Pipelines, Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

The departments of Homeland Security and Energy have announced in a meeting with the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council the launch of a program that aims to protect pipelines and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Chrisopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said Wednesday that the collaborative effort between NPPD, the Transportation Security Administration and DOE will provide a better understanding of the threat landscape and plan more targeted and prioritized risk management activities.

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