Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

Gen. Paul Nakasone on Cybersecurity, Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and opens up a “new strategic environment of competition." Cybercom is now preparing to ensure the security of the 2022 midterm elections and Nakasone discussed how the command works to counter cyber threats as more countries attempt to interfere with U.S. democratic processes.

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Christine Michienzi: DOD Continues CMMC Review; Encourages Industry to Continue Prep Work

Christine Michienzi

Christine Michienzi, chief technology officer under the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, said the government continues to review mechanisms of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. She said Monday at the Intelligence and National Security Summit that the defense industry should continue efforts to align with CMMC despite upcoming program changes that may result from the ongoing review.

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Sean Connelly: Agencies Can Utilize CISA Services to Meet Zero Trust Security Mandate

Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly, program manager of Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said that CISA will offer services for agencies mandated to implement zero trust strategies under President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order. CISA plans to make its protective domain name system services available to other agencies in an effort to help them reach zero trust maturity status.

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Trade Groups Offer Recommendations to DOD Over CMMC Program

55th Cyber Squadron

The Information Technology Industry (ITI) Council, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Professional Services Council (PSC) have presented six recommendations to the Department of Defense (DOD) to better support the review of potential changes to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program and assessment practices.

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House Bill to Establish Term Limit for CISA Director; Rep. Andrew Garbarino Quoted

Rep. Andrew Garbarino

Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity infrastructure protection and innovation subpanel, and six other bipartisan House lawmakers have proposed a bill that would set a five-year term limit for the director position at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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Allan Friedman: Software Bill of Materials Should Be Part of Multifaceted Cybersecurity Agenda

Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman, who just moved to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to help scale up work on software bill of materials (SBOM), said operationalizing SBOM requires integrating the concept into existing tools, daily operations and into the cybersecurity and vulnerability ecosystem. Friedman also discussed the goals for developing agency guidelines and potential changes to federal procurement regulations. 

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GAO to Issue Report on Pandemic-Driven Tech Adoption’s Cyber Impacts; Jennifer Franks Quoted

Jennifer Franks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) plans to issue a report in fiscal year 2022 about the impact of technology adoption that is driven by mass telework on federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. GAO also intends to broaden its reviews in the near future to include risks to supply chains amid recent cyberattacks.

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CISA, FBI Recommend Steps to Mitigate Risk of Ransomware Attacks; Eric Goldstein Quoted

Eric Goldstein

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued an advisory outlining mitigation measures that organizations in public and private sectors can implement to reduce the risk of ransomware attacks and other cyber incidents. CISA and the bureau have observed a rise in ransomware attacks during holidays and weekends.

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DOJ Unveils Cyber Fellowship Program; Lisa Monaco Quoted

Lisa Monaco

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has announced a new fellowship program at the Department of Justice meant to train and build a pool of attorneys and prosecutors that could handle cybersecurity cases. Under the three-year Cyber Fellowship program, the selected attorneys will have a chance to conduct investigations and prosecute ransomware attacks, state-sponsored cyberthreats, transnational criminal groups and use of cryptocurrency to fund cybercrimes.

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