Tag Archives: cyber hygiene

Treasury Sanctions Virtual Currency Exchange to Help Counter Ransomware; Janet Yellen Quoted

Janet Yellen

The Department of the Treasury has initiated several measures to fight ransomware and one of those is the announcement of the first sanctions designation against virtual currency exchange SUEX for its role in facilitating transactions for threat actors involved in ransomware attacks. “Additionally, any entities 50% or more owned by one or more designated persons are also blocked,” the department noted.

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DHS Seeks to Advance Assessment of Industry Compliance With Cyber Hygiene Requirements

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carrying out a pathfinder assessment to chart a course forward as it works to further advance the process of evaluating vendors’ compliance with cyber hygiene requirements. “Our end goal is to have a means of ensuring a contractor has key cybersecurity and cyber hygiene practices in place as a condition for contract award,” the DHS notice reads.

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CyberCore Highlights Ways to Improve Cyber Hygiene in 2021; Jennifer Stacey Quoted

CyberCore has recently published a white paper that has analyzed cyber hygiene and highlighted various ways for businesses to improve their cyber posture. “As we have adapted to changes and remote working, the one thing that wasn’t initially at the top of my mind was Cyber Hygiene,” CyberCore’s director of Business Development and Capture, Jennifer Stacey.

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Joe Kirschbaum on GAO’s Assessment of Pentagon’s Cyber Hygiene Initiatives

Joe Kirschbaum

Joe Kirschbaum, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), told Federal News Network in an interview posted Wednesday about GAO’s assessment of the Department of Defense’s three cyber hygiene efforts. GAO looked at DoD’s defense to cybersecurity culture and compliance initiative, cyber discipline plan and cyber awareness training and Kirschbaum said the office found lapses in tracking the implementation of cyber hygiene-related tasks.

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From NIST Information Security Guidelines to CMMC: What Do the New Regulations Entail?

With the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new security regulations around the corner, it is imperative for government contractors to stay up to date with how the guidelines and expectations have shifted from NIST SP 800-171 and NIST SP 800-53 to Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

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Gen. Stephen Lyons: USTRANSCOM Addresses Cyber Vulnerabilities Via Contract Policy

Gen. Stephen Lyons, who leads U.S. Transportation Command, said his group faces critical vulnerabilities in cybersecurity and has taken policy measures to address the issue, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee the same day that cyber-related vulnerabilities pose the most consequences to mobility.

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Sen. Ron Wyden: DHS Needs to Adopt DMARC Tech to Address Impersonation of Federal Agencies Via Emails

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has called on the Department of Homeland Security to address cyber hackers’ attempts to transmit email messages that impersonate federal agencies through adoption of the Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance technology. Wyden told Jeanette Manfra, acting undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS, in a letter released …

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John Zangardi: Workforce, Industry Collaboration Key to Cyber Resiliency

John Zangardi, acting chief information officer of the Defense Department, has said DoD needs to hire “exceptional” talent, maintain good cyber hygiene and collaborate with industry to stay ahead of security threats, DoD News reported Thursday. He told audience at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Defense Cyber Operations Symposium that DoD aims to …

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CSIS Task Force Recommends Cybersecurity Agenda for Trump Administration

A task force of the Center for Strategic and International Studies has published a report that suggests a list of cybersecurity objectives for President-elect Donald Trump, GovInfoSecurity reported Wednesday. Eric Chabrow writes the CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force’s report titled “From Awareness to Action: A Cybersecurity Agenda for the 45th President” calls on the …

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