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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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Report: DHS Faces Enforcement Issues With Cybersecurity Directives

The Department of Homeland Security released binding operational directives to direct agencies to implement cybersecurity measures against potential threats, but agencies failed to meet the deadlines outlined in the BoDs, FCW reported Tuesday. "I think stakeholders were worried about what we would do with the authority," Gabriel Taran, assistant general counsel for cybersecurity law at DHS, said at an event Monday.

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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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CISA Seeking Feedback on Updated Nat’l Emergency Comms Plan

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is looking to include input on the updates for the 2019 version of the National Emergency Communications Plan, DHS said in a notice. The NECP, last published in 2014, serves as a guide for entities seeking to coordinate operations and invest in operable and interoperable communications for emergency response and recovery missions.

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New Funding Bill Denies DHS Plan to Move $90M Cyber Research Funding to New Agency

Lawmakers denied a proposal to move nearly $90M in funding for cybersecurity research to the newly established Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security agency within the Department of Homeland Security, FCW reported Tuesday. Congress passed a new funding bill that would retain the budget at the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS. 

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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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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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