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CBP Reports Breach of Travelers’ Photos, License Plate Images

The Customs and Border Protection said a cyber attack on a federal subcontractor compromised photos of travelers and license plates, The Washington Post reported Monday. CBP said the data breach was discovered on May 31 and did not include travel document images and other identifying information.

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Charles Rettig: IRS Needs $2.7B in Funds Over Six Years to Back IT Modernization Plan

Charles Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said the agency needs $2.3 to $2.7 billion in additional funds over the next six years to execute its information technology modernization plan, FCW reported Thursday. He told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday the funds would help the IRS comply with the 2017 tax reform bill, Affordable Care Act and other laws that demand IT transformation.

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Kirstjen Nielsen: Feds Doing ‘Too Little’ to Build a Cyber Secure US

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the federal government should increase efforts to protect agencies, industry, academia and the public from hackers supported by other countries since the U.S. today “is not prepared” for a foreign cyber attack, The Hill reported Monday. “It’s not just U.S. troops and government agents on the frontlines anymore. It’s U.S. companies. It’s our schools and gathering places. It’s ordinary Americans,” Nielsen said during a speech at the George Washington University. 

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FDD: Lack of Preparedness Could Leave Gov’t ‘Flat-Footed’ During Major Cyber Attack

The U.S. government and private sector must take action on cyber-enabled economic warfare to avoid being “flat-footed” during a major cyber incident, according to a Foundation for Defense of Democracies report released Tuesday. The FDD report comes after a 2018 CEEW tabletop exercise with private sector and government representatives that involved a simulated cyberattack on critical U.S. infrastructure.

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DoD’s Operational Test & Evaluation Report Assesses Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Posture

A new report by the Department of Defense’s office of the director for operational test and evaluation showed that cyber red teams found greater difficulty in breaching defenses of DoD networks. “These improvements are both noteworthy and encouraging, but we estimate that the rate of these improvements is not outpacing the growing capabilities of potential adversaries, who continue to find new vulnerabilities and techniques to counter the fixes and countermeasures by DOD defenders,” according to DOT&E’s fiscal 2018 cybersecurity report.

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DARPA Mimics Power Grid Cyber Attack Through ‘Black Start’ Exercise

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has conducted a seven-day exercise on Plum Island in New York to simulate a cyber attack on the U.S. power grid, Nextgov reported Tuesday. At least 100 people participated in the exercise that kicked off Nov. 1 to replicate “black start” or the restoration of power at two utility stations that were shut down for weeks by a cyber attack.

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Katie Wheelbarger: US Prepared to Use Cyber Defense Capabilities in Support of NATO

Katie Wheelbarger, principal deputy assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department, has said the U.S. will announce in the next few days that it is ready to use defensive and offensive cyber capabilities in support of NATO if asked, Reuters reported Wednesday. “It sends a message primarily aimed at Russia,” Wheelbarger told reporters.

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Stacey Dixon Stresses Importance of Machine Learning in Predicting Cyber Attacks

Stacey Dixon, newly appointed director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, has said leveraging machine learning capabilities will help the intelligence community predict cyber attacks, Fifth Domain reported Thursday. Dixon noted in an Intelligence Matters podcast that IARPA has procured predictive analytics programs that use physical or analytical indicators …

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