Tag Archives: critical infrastructure

Cyber Nominees Chris Inglis, Jen Easterly Talk Ransomware at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Ransomware

Chris Inglis, the Biden administration’s nominee for the role of national cyber director, and Jen Easterly, the president’s pick to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), both described ransomware as a “scourge” that poses a threat to national security and suggested ways on how to protect critical infrastructure during a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

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CISA Issues Fact Sheet to Protect Operational Tech From Cyber Attacks

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a document to help organizations secure operational technology and control systems from ransomware threats. CISA said Wednesday that it advises organizations to develop manual controls that can maintain critical processes and industrial control systems amid ransomware risks.

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White House Seeks to Address Near-Term Supply Chain Challenges With New Task Force

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The Biden administration will form a supply chain disruptions task force to help address short-term supply chain challenges and address near-term mismatches between supply and demand in areas such as semiconductors, construction and agriculture. The White House outlined some of the initiatives it has started to address vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains. 

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Reps. Ted Lieu, Ken Calvert Present DHS-Centric Bill to Protect Space Infrastructure

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Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Ken Calvert., R-Calif., have introduced a bill to designate space assets as part of critical infrastructure. The Space Infrastructure Act would task the Department of Homeland Security to protect space systems and services, which are currently not considered as critical infrastructure, Lieu's office said Friday.

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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

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Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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CISA Creates Working Group to Secure Space Systems Infrastructure; Brandon Wales Quoted

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has established a working group dedicated to the protection of space systems that contribute to the U.S. critical infrastructure. The Space Systems Critical Infrastructure Working Group combines industry and government expertise to develop risk reduction strategies for these space systems, CISA said Thursday.

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CISA Issues Advisory on Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerabilities

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an alert stating that a cyber threat actor has compromised a number of government agencies, critical infrastructure and organizations in the private sector since “June 2020 or earlier” using vulnerabilities in Ivanti’s Pulse Connect Secure virtual private network products.

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Perspecta Labs Receives $8.1M in Contracts to Develop 5G Smart Warehouse; Petros Mouchtaris Quoted

Petros Mouchtaris

The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a pair of contracts with a ceiling value of $8.1 million over three years to Perspecta Labs to work on the U.S. Navy’s 5G Smart Warehouse reported on Wednesday. Perspecta Labs will create an end-to-end security solution for a 5G connection between devices and logistic servers.

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NCSC Issues Report on Insider Threat Mitigation for Critical Infrastructure

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The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has released a report to raise awareness of the threat posed by humans to critical infrastructure and provide best practices on how to mitigate insider threats. NCSC discussed how critical infrastructure entities can adopt insider threat programs to identify and address vulnerabilities and prevent adversaries from exploiting such vulnerabilities. 

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