Tag Archives: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

DHS Officials Discuss Efforts of Two Newly Formed Groups to Ensure Supply Chain Security

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security discussed the functions and responsibilities of two new organizations created to address cyber vulnerabilities in the technology supply chain during an Atlantic Council event, FCW reported Thursday. DHS formed a supply chain task force, while the Secure Technology Act passed by Congress created the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Council intended to build cybersecurity resilience into federal acquisition rules.

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Michael Duffy on Agencies’ Compliance With DHS Directive on DNS Tampering Campaign

Michael Duffy of the Department of Homeland Security said there are only “a handful” of agencies that still need to comply with the requirements of an emergency directive that DHS released in January to address Domain Name System tampering activities, FCW reported Friday. Duffy, acting deputy director of DHS’ federal network resilience division, said during a Thursday meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board that those agencies deal with "external dependencies" on DNS providers that make the process challenging to adopt multifactor authentication.

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DHS Science Directorate Considers Collaboration With Cybersecurity Agency to Overcome Budget Cuts

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is planning to collaborate with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in light of looming cuts to the directorate's $840M budget proposal for 2020, FCW reported Tuesday.

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Cristopher Krebs: CISA’s ‘Protect 2020’ Initiative Will Address Election Cybersecurity Issues

Cristopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said during a House testimony that CISA will address electoral security through its Protect 2020 effort, The Hill reported Wednesday. Krebs said in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee that the project revolves around identifying cybersecurity priorities, fortifying election systems and addressing auditing issues to assist state and local officials ahead of the presidential election.

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Report: DHS Faces Enforcement Issues With Cybersecurity Directives

The Department of Homeland Security released binding operational directives to direct agencies to implement cybersecurity measures against potential threats, but agencies failed to meet the deadlines outlined in the BoDs, FCW reported Tuesday. "I think stakeholders were worried about what we would do with the authority," Gabriel Taran, assistant general counsel for cybersecurity law at DHS, said at an event Monday.

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Christopher Krebs: Critical Infrastructures, Election, Supply Chain Among CISA’s Priorities for 2019

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the initial years of the newly-established agency will focus on protecting U.S. critical infrastructures and network, increasing stakeholder engagement and maturing the organization, CSO reported Wednesday.

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CISA Seeking Feedback on Updated Nat’l Emergency Comms Plan

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is looking to include input on the updates for the 2019 version of the National Emergency Communications Plan, DHS said in a notice. The NECP, last published in 2014, serves as a guide for entities seeking to coordinate operations and invest in operable and interoperable communications for emergency response and recovery missions.

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DHS Finds No Evidence Pointing to Federal DNS Record Tampering

Jeanette Manfra, an official with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has said that no evidence has so far been found to suggest that U.S. federal Domain Name System servers have been compromised by a global DNS hijacking campaign, FCW reported Friday. Initially reported in November last year, the hijacking campaign has affected numerous private companies and governments around the world.

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DHS Doubling Efforts to Protect 2020 US Elections

The Department of Homeland Security will double its efforts to deter hackers and foreign influence campaigns for the upcoming elections in 2020, when President Trump expects to run for re-election, CNET reported Thursday. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said they are “doubling down for 2020" to protect election systems and the public. 

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