Tag Archives: critical infrastructure

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

NCSC Insider Threat

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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Biden Extends 2015 Executive Order to Address Malicious Cyber Activities

White House

President Biden has moved to extend a 2015 executive order that declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” by persons located outside the U.S. Executive Order 13694 signed during the Obama administration will continue in effect past April 1st.

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GAO: Government Needs Urgent Actions to Secure Federal Systems, Protect Critical Infrastructure

NIST Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to accelerate efforts to carry out critical actions to address major cybersecurity challenges. According to the report, GAO has made approximately 3,300 recommendations to help agencies address lapses in cybersecurity since 2010. Of those recommendations, over 750 are not yet implemented as of Dec. 2020.

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Lumen Technologies Names Nick Andersen as Public Sector CISO

Lumen Technologies

Lumen Technologies has appointed Nick Andersen  as chief information security officer (CISO) for the public sector, where he will work to ensure the company’s cybersecurity and IT products meet the federal government’s security requirements and risk management standards. Andersen will report to Zain Ahmed, regional VP for Lumen’s federal business. 

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FERC Proposes to Offer Incentives to Public Utilities for Cybersecurity Upgrades

Electrical infrastructure

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed to amend its regulations to establish rules that would provide incentives to electric companies and other public utilities for making cybersecurity investments that go beyond the requirements of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards.

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Scott Breor Highlights CISA Fact Sheets for Increasing Personal Safety, Infrastructure Protection

Scott Breor

Scott Breor, acting executive assistant director for infrastructure security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has warned about violent extremist actors and domestic terrorists taking advantage of peaceful protests to escalate civil unrest, and pointed to a paper released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency to provide information on how to safeguard critical infrastructure.

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DHS to Publish Guidance for PNT Resiliency, Security; Ernest Wong Quoted

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has developed a framework on the security of position, navigation and timing systems when used to provide timing information for the power grid and communication networks. TS&T built the framework on stakeholder input and plans to have it publicly released before the year ends.

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Treasury Orders Sanctions on Russian Research Institute Over Malware

Cybersecurity

The US Department of the Treasury (USDT) has imposed sanctions on a Russian government-controlled research institute found to be linked to the Triton malware. TsNIIKhM was also found to be surveying at least 20 U.S. electric facilities for cyber vulnerabilities in 2019. The Triton malware targets industrial safety systems at critical infrastructure facilities.

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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