Tag Archives: critical infrastructure

DHS, NIST List Goals for Cyber Best Practices

Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly classified cybersecurity practices into nine categories as bases for cyber performance goals. The nine categories each have specific objectives with regard to how secure control systems are operated and deployed, NIST said Thursday.

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DOE Issues Progress Report on Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative

Cybersecurity

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced several efforts that have been initiated since the launch of the Biden administration’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative in April. Some of those efforts include the introduction of the 100-day Electricity Subsector Action Plan, adoption of technologies by at least 150 electric utilities to further enhance the security of ICS and operational technologies. 

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Cyberspace Solarium Commission Issues Progress Report on Implementation of 2020 Recommendations

Cybersecurity

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) outlined 82 policy recommendations in March 2020 to transform how the federal government responds to cyber threats and of those recommendations, 22 percent have been fully implemented. The commission said in a 56-page report that 44 percent of its recommendations are on track and 13.4 percent are nearing implementation.

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Coast Guard Outlines 3 Lines of Effort in Cyber Strategic Outlook; Rear Adm. Michael Ryan Quoted

Cybersecurity

The U.S. Coast Guard has released a new cyber strategy that comes with three lines of effort: defend and operate the service’s Enterprise Mission Platform; safeguard the Marine Transportation System and operate in and through cyberspace. The service said the Cyber Strategic Outlook updates its 2015 Cyber Strategy to ensure its readiness to perform all missions in a contested cyber domain, protect the maritime transportation sector through a rule-based international order and counter adversaries in cyberspace.

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Sen. Angus King, Tom Fanning Call for Government-Industry Collaboration to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Cybersecurity

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, said the federal government and industry must collaborate to safeguard critical infrastructure from ransomware attacks and other cyber threats. “SICI legislation would work hand-in-hand with America's critical infrastructure providers to establish mutual accountability and collaboration in a way not previously possible,” they noted.

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State Department Announces Reward Offer for Cybercrime Information

Rewards for Justice

The State Department is offering up to $10 million in rewards through the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program for information that could help identify and locate individuals involved in malicious cyber operations against U.S. critical infrastructure. Certain malicious cyber activities homing in on critical infrastructure may be considered a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). 

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CISA Lists First Entries in Catalog of ‘Bad’ Cyber Practices

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working on a catalog of bad cyber practices that pose risks to organizations supporting critical infrastructure and national critical functions. The agency described the first two listed practices as “egregious in internet-accessible technologies.” The agency’s move comes in response to recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

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House Lawmakers Want CISA to Take Tougher Approach to Critical Infrastructure’s Cybersecurity; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

House lawmakers have called on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to take a more robust approach to oversee the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure amid recent ransomware attacks. Mayorkas said CISA is taking a prudent approach to spending its increased budget. 

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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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