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Report: Air Force Launches Probe Into Navy-Linked Cyber Intrusion

A memo says the U.S. Air Force reported intrusion of its network using malware and is investigating the U.S. Navy with regard to the latter’s possible involvement in the cyber attack, Air Force Times reported Tuesday. Navy Capt. David Wilson, chief of staff for the military branch’s defense service offices, wrote in the memo that a Navy prosecutor involved in a Navy SEAL’s war crimes case in San Diego used tracking software to trace emails sent to defense lawyers in an effort to find the source of media leaks.

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Amy Hess: FBI Works With Private Sector to Facilitate Response to Cyber Incidents

Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI, said the bureau is working to establish partnerships with companies to better respond to cyber threats since the private sector manages approximately 95 percent of the country’s infrastructure, Federal News Network reported Monday. “And we have to develop those relationships from a government perspective with private sector to ensure that for number one, for starters, that were notified when it is happens, because the sooner we can get involved, the sooner we can identify who it is, the sooner we can identify their [tactics, techniques and procedures], and the sooner we can stop them, hopefully from doing it again,” Hess said on the network’s Agency in Focus – Justice Department.

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Adam Hickey: Cyber Threats Drive DOJ to Recruit Lawyers With Tech Background

Adam Hickey, deputy assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, told Federal News Network in an interview published Friday that DOJ is ramping up its efforts to recruit lawyers with background in modern technologies amid the increasing cyber threats facing the federal government.

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DISA Launches Efforts to Address Latency, Multitenancy Issues Linked to Joint Regional Security Stacks

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started addressing the five concerns raised by mission partners with regard to the implementation of Joint Regional Security Stacks. DISA said Wednesday that those five challenges are performance reliability, latency, multi-tenancy, synchronization with base infrastructure and cost. 

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La’Naia Jones: Security Coordination Center Helps IC Agencies Share Cyber Threat Intelligence

La’Naia Jones, deputy chief information officer of the Intelligence Community, discussed how the Security Coordination Center facilitates the sharing of cyber threat intelligence and information on malware among IC agencies, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.

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Reps. Jerry McNerney, Bob Latta Introduce Bills to Advance Electric Grid Cybersecurity

Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) have introduced two bills that aim to protect the U.S. electric infrastructure from cyber threats. The Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act would require the Department of Energy to advance public-private partnerships and facilitate data collection and sharing of best practices to build up the cybersecurity posture of electric utilities, according to a joint release published Wednesday.

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GAO: OMB, DHS Should Help Agencies Work on Intrusion Detection Capabilities

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security help federal agencies build up their capabilities to detect and prevent intrusions and other cyber threats. Inspectors general at 23 civilian agencies covered under the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 assessed the data security programs of their organizations using performance measures related to five security functions and reported that 17 of those agencies did not effectively implement those programs, GAO said Tuesday.
 

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Trump OKs Measure to Establish New DHS Cyber Agency

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that would form a new cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will create a new DHS agency to “lead the federal government’s civilian response to these cyber threats against our nation,” Trump said in a statement published Friday.

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Cybercom Unit Posts Identified Malware Samples on VirusTotal

The cyber national mission force has uploaded unclassified malware samples to the VirusTotal website as part of its effort to share identified cyber vulnerabilities with industry, U.S. Cyber Command reported Monday. CNMF also created a Twitter account to alert the cybersecurity community when it posts malicious software, computer viruses and other cyber threats on the website.

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Defense Digital Service Aims to Facilitate Cyber Tech Development via New Workspace in Georgia

The Defense Department’s digital service team has unveiled a new workspace in Augusta, Ga., to allow service personnel and civilians to work together on cyber capabilities. DoD said Thursday the Tatooine workspace marks the expansion of the Defense Digital Service’s partnership with Army Cyber Command on a pilot program that seeks to support and cultivate technical talent within ARCYBER through collaboration with DDS’ tech professionals with industry experience.

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