Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

DOE’s Greg Sisson Warns Public on Social Engineering Scams

Department of Energy

Greg Sisson, acting deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the Department of Energy (DOE), said the public must be wary of scams that use social engineering tactics amid the pandemic. Sisson explained that social engineering scams use human interaction through texts, phone calls, emails and online platforms to obtain personal information.

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DISA Shares Recommendations to Prevent Cyberattacks; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Cyberattacks Prevention

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has provided recommendations to mitigate cyberattacks at the workplace and home as part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. DISA said Friday that it advises the public to update software tools, employ strong passwords and run antivirus software. The agency has also recommended to avoid sharing passwords. 

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Serena Chan: DISA to Test Enterprise Identity Mgmt Tech Prototype With Pilot Apps in January

Serena Chan

Serena Chan, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) cyber development directorate, said DISA plans to begin testing in January 2021 its enterprise identity, credential and access management prototype with a subset of 13 applications from several Department of Defense components. The ICAM prototype is set to achieve initial operational capability in late December 2020. 

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US Army to Integrate Biometrics to Increase Cybersecurity; Donald Coulter Quoted

Biometrics

The U.S. Army’s tactical network modernization team has announced plans to integrate wearables into augmented reality combat goggles to increase cybersecurity. The U.S. Army tactical network modernization team will focus on advancing wearable technology for user authentication. Under current capabilities, users are authenticated through passwords, common access cards or tokens to verify themselves.

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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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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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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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Deloitte, NASCIO Publish 2020 Cybersecurity Study; Meredith Ward, Srini Subramanian Quoted

Srini Subramanian

Deloitte and The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have published a 2020 Cybersecurity Study, "States at Risk: The Cybersecurity Imperative in Uncertain Times," Deloitte reported on Wednesday. The study has been created through responses from 51 U.S. state and territory enterprise-level chief information security officers (CISOs). 

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FRC Partners with AFS to Advance Cybersecurity Solutions for Federal Government; Jeremy Young, Aaron Faulkner Quoted

Aaron Faulkner

Federal Resources Corporation (FRC) has partnered with Accenture Federal Services (AFS) to advance cybersecurity solutions to the federal and public sector departments and agencies. "Organizations like FRC help federal departments and agencies ensure the security and privacy of their mission and that’s why we selected them as a strategic partner,” said Aaron Faulkner, managing director, AFS.

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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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