Tag Archives: cyber threat

Mark Montgomery: Cyber Intell Sharing Requirements for Defense Suppliers May ‘Kick Into Effect’

Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery, executive director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), said he believes the Department of Defense (DOD) is likely to act on the commission’s recommendations to make cyber threat hunting and intelligence sharing capabilities compulsory for the defense industrial base in compliance with a provision in the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

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CISA Issues Advisory on Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an alert stating that a cyber threat actor has compromised a number of government agencies, critical infrastructure and organizations in the private sector since “June 2020 or earlier” using vulnerabilities in Ivanti’s Pulse Connect Secure virtual private network products.

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Biden Extends 2015 Executive Order to Address Malicious Cyber Activities

White House

President Biden has moved to extend a 2015 executive order that declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities” by persons located outside the U.S. Executive Order 13694 signed during the Obama administration will continue in effect past April 1st.

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GAO: Government Needs Urgent Actions to Secure Federal Systems, Protect Critical Infrastructure

NIST Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to accelerate efforts to carry out critical actions to address major cybersecurity challenges. According to the report, GAO has made approximately 3,300 recommendations to help agencies address lapses in cybersecurity since 2010. Of those recommendations, over 750 are not yet implemented as of Dec. 2020.

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Anne Neuberger: White House Working on Industrial Control System Security Plan

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the White House is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), energy sector and other organizations on a plan to protect industrial control systems from cyber threats

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DOD IG Report: Weapon System Program Officials Initiate Actions to Update Cyber Requirements During Operations, Support Phase

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) conducted an audit of cybersecurity requirements for five weapons systems during the operations and support phase of DOD’s acquisition lifecycle and found that program officials for those systems complied with the Risk Management Framework and secured an authorization to operate. 

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Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Payroll Agency Via Separate Bug in SolarWinds Orion Code

Cyber Attack

A group of suspected Chinese hackers used a vulnerability in SolarWinds software to breach U.S. government networks and a payroll agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Finance Center (NFC) - was one of the government organizations affected by the cyber attack. The NFC oversees the payroll of several federal agencies, including the FBI and the departments of the Treasury, State and Homeland Security, according to former officials. 

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Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt on Plans to Improve Space-Based Missile Warning Capabilities

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), told C4ISRNET in an interview published on Friday about plans to improve missile warning satellites and one of those is the need to equip satellite constellations, ground systems and other space-based missile warning capabilities with software that could be reprogrammed quickly in response to threats.

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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 Hacks

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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