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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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Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone: US military ready to deter peer adversaries in cyberspace

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the White House’s nominee to lead the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, has said the U.S. military is prepared to launch cyber attacks on peer adversaries’ critical infrastructure through network intrusions during a future conflict, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday. “We face a challenging and volatile threat environment, and …

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House OKs Bill to Reinstate State Dept Cyber Office

The House on Wednesday passed by a voice vote a bill that would put back a State Department office that works to facilitate negotiations on international cybersecurity policies, The Hill reported Wednesday. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-California) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-New York), the House panel’s ranking member, …

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