Tag Archives: election security

Christopher Krebs on Continued Operations of CISA’s Election Security Centers

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said that Election Day serves as the “halftime” of the agency’s operations centers created to streamlined collaborations. According to CISA officials, an in-person operations facility at the agency’s headquarters location in Virginia is “up and running.”

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CISA Director Touts Efforts to Combat Election Disinformation Campaigns

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has assured that CISA has increased its information sharing efforts with state officials in anticipation of disinformation campaigns threatening the U.S. presidential election. “We remain confident that no foreign cyber actor can change your vote,” said Krebs, a two-time Wash100 Award recipient

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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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DHS OIG: CISA Needs to Further Election Security Efforts

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The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report stating that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) must take additional steps to secure the U.S. election infrastructure. The OIG report dated Oct. 22 states that DHS has improved coordination and CISA was able to create guidelines for securing systems required throughout the 2020 election cycle.

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Louisiana Nat’l Guard Responds to Gov’t Cyber Attacks Ahead of 2020 Elections

Cyber Attacks

The National Guard has responded to alleged cases of cyber breaches at government offices in Louisiana weeks ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory on a new form of malware called "emotet” which has worm-like qualities. Cybersecurity experts have attributed the cyber attacks in Louisiana to a hacking group backed by North Korea. 

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FBI, CISA: Russian Cyber Actor Targets U.S. State, Local Gov’t Networks

Cyber Attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have reported about a Russian state-sponsored cyber actor that has attacked non-federal government and aviation networks. Various state, local, territorial and tribal government bodies within the U.S. have experienced cyber threats from Russia-based actors identified with the names “Berserk Bear,” “Energetic Bear,” “Crouching Yeti,” "Koala," "TeamSpy," “Dragonfly,” and “Havex," CISA said Thursday.

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Christopher Krebs on CISA’s Election Security Website, Stakeholder Partnerships

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the agency is partnering with public and private sector entities to prevent election interference by adversaries. Krebs said that CISA has recently partnered with the FBI to release public service announcements on cyber tactics that adversaries might use to disrupt election security.

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CISA, EAC Launch Election Risk Profile Tool; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Election Assistance Commission (US EAC) have unveiled a new tool designed to help local and state election officials assess and mitigate election security risks. The Election Risk Profile Tool can help federal agencies and election officials manage cybersecurity threats to the election infrastructure subsector

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Anne Neuberger, Director of NSA Cybersecurity Directorate, Discusses Cyber Threats for Upcoming Elections

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, director of the National Security Agency's (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed details the agency's priorities to enhance election security for the upcoming polls. 

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