Tag Archives: CISA

DISA Shares Recommendations to Prevent Cyberattacks; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Cyberattacks Prevention

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has provided recommendations to mitigate cyberattacks at the workplace and home as part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. DISA said Friday that it advises the public to update software tools, employ strong passwords and run antivirus software. The agency has also recommended to avoid sharing passwords. 

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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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CISA, FBI Issue Joint Advisory on Threat Actors Targeting Federal, State, Local IT Networks

CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have warned that advanced persistent threat actors are exploiting legacy vulnerabilities in internet-facing infrastructure devices to gain access to networks of federal and state, local, tribal and territorial government agencies. "Vulnerability chaining exploits multiple vulnerabilities in the course of a single intrusion to compromise a network or application,” CISA and FBI stated.

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USMC Vet Billy Bob Brown Named Asst Director at CISA

Billy Bob Brown Jr.

Billy Bob Brown Jr., a 20-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has been appointed assistant director for emergency communications at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA Director and two-time Wash100 Award recipient Christopher Krebs said Brown's expertise will potentially allow stakeholders to secure access to CISA services moving forward. 

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CISA, MS-ISAC Issue Alert on ‘Emotet’ Malware

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have released an advisory on a new kind of malware called Emotet that spreads through phishing emails. CISA said in the alert published Tuesday that Emotet is a form of Trojan virus with “worm-like” elements that can impact an entire network.

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CISA Issues Telework Security Toolkit

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a toolkit to help agencies, information technology teams and teleworking personnel ensure the security of systems and data amid remote work settings. In addition, CISA recommends that agencies establish a “cyber secure, hybrid culture” for remote work and enact policies that focus on human behavior and cyber hygiene basics.

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CISA Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has commenced this year's month-long campaign to promote cybersecurity awareness across the United States. “This year, we’ve seen a major, and likely permanent, shift in the way we work, learn and socialize, as more and more of our activities have gone virtual,” said CISA Director Christopher Krebs and a 2020 Wash100 recipient.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Improvement Act for Public Sector; Rep. John Katko Quoted

US Capitol

The House has approved a bipartisan bill that seeks to mitigate cybersecurity gaps on local and state government networks. The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act will authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to facilitate a $400 million grant effort that will incentivize state governments to increase their respective cybersecurity funds, the office of Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. 

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CISA: Hacker Launches Cyber Attack on Federal Agency Using Multistage Malware

Multistage Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has found that a cyber threat actor exploited compromised credentials to implant a multistage malware and launch a cyber attack on a federal agency’s network. CISA has recommended that agencies monitor network traffic for unusual open ports, large outbound files and other suspicious activities, deploy an enterprise firewall.

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Christopher Wray: FBI’s Cyber Strategy Involves Supplying Intell to DoD

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau’s new strategy for combating cyber threats will include providing intelligence to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies in support of their offensive cyber operations. On Sept. 16th, Wray announced that the new FBI strategy that would “impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries.” 

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