Tag Archives: cyber threat

Cyber Unified Coordination Group Provides Update on SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cyber Attack

The FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a joint statement on Tuesday through the newly created cyber unified coordination group (UCG) to provide updates on an advanced persistent threat actor allegedly linked to Russia. 

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Former Gov’t Cyber Officials Discuss Possible Outcomes If Adversaries Get Into DoD Networks; Jan Tighe Quoted

Cyber Attacks

Although the Department of Defense (DoD) reported that there has been no sign of breach to date linked to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products, former cybersecurity officials at the government discussed several scenarios that could occur as a result of hackers making their way into DoD’s computer networks. 

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DHS Warns US Companies of Data Security Risks Posed by Firms With Ties to Chinese Gov’t; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an advisory warning U.S. businesses of security risks associated with using data services and equipment from companies with ties to the Chinese government.The Data Security Business Advisory highlights the risk posed by data theft sponsored by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Lauren Underwood Introduce Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act

Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., have proposed a bill to improve oversight of federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. “The Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act would prevent civilian agencies from punting cybersecurity down the road indefinitely, leaving Americans' data open for attack from hackers and foreign spies," said Wyden.

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USCYBERCOM Broadens Operations Against Foreign Adversaries

Cybersecurity

UU.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) moved to expand its operations to identify cyber threat actors from countries like Russia, China and Iran ahead of the presidential elections Tuesday as part of efforts to protect against potential foreign interference. The USCYBERCOM official said the command has active chatrooms with interagency partners to facilitate sharing of information on cyber threats. 

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Jeff Kleck: DIU Helps Air Force Develop Cyber Tool Using AI, Machine Learning

Jeff Gleck

Jeff Kleck, director of the cyber portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said DIU is working with the U.S. Air Force under an other transaction agreement (OTA) to develop software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help speed up cyber threat detection, Federal News Network reported Friday.

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Rep. Jim Langevin: Countries Should Quickly Attribute Cyber Incidents

Rep. Jim Langevin

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said the international community should speed up attribution of cyber attacks by other countries to implement cyber norms. He believes that countries should leverage human and signals intelligence and other cyber resources and be more willing to publicly attribute cyber incidents. Langevin wants to focus more on cyber threats facing the country.

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Aaron Weis: US Navy Transitioning to Zero Trust

Aaron Weis

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning to a zero trust framework to better protect and defend its networks from cyber threats. He said the service will need time to reorganize its networks as it adopts the zero trust model and that “defense in depth” model. 

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CISA, FBI Issue Joint Advisory on Threat Actors Targeting Federal, State, Local IT Networks

CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have warned that advanced persistent threat actors are exploiting legacy vulnerabilities in internet-facing infrastructure devices to gain access to networks of federal and state, local, tribal and territorial government agencies. "Vulnerability chaining exploits multiple vulnerabilities in the course of a single intrusion to compromise a network or application,” CISA and FBI stated.

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Christopher Wray: FBI’s Cyber Strategy Involves Supplying Intell to DoD

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau’s new strategy for combating cyber threats will include providing intelligence to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies in support of their offensive cyber operations. On Sept. 16th, Wray announced that the new FBI strategy that would “impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries.” 

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