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New Commission Established to Recommend on National Cyber Policy, Strategy

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., will co-chair a commission intended to assess and address the cyber threats facing the country. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission consists of 14 members working to build cyber policy on recommendations, hearings, intelligence and homeland security discussions, King's office said Thursday. The group's establishment stems from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

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NASCIO Members, Federal Agencies Discuss Cyber Issues at 2019 DC Fly-In

Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers met with key federal agencies as well as Federal CIO and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Suzette Kent during the organization's D.C. Fly-In in event Washington, D.C., NASCIO said on Wednesday. NASCIO members engaged with officials from the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services unit, General Services Administration, Internal Revenue Service Office of Safeguards and First Responder Network Authority to discuss issues such as the standardization of federal cybersecurity policy.

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Amy Hess: FBI Works With Private Sector to Facilitate Response to Cyber Incidents

Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI, said the bureau is working to establish partnerships with companies to better respond to cyber threats since the private sector manages approximately 95 percent of the country’s infrastructure, Federal News Network reported Monday. “And we have to develop those relationships from a government perspective with private sector to ensure that for number one, for starters, that were notified when it is happens, because the sooner we can get involved, the sooner we can identify who it is, the sooner we can identify their [tactics, techniques and procedures], and the sooner we can stop them, hopefully from doing it again,” Hess said on the network’s Agency in Focus – Justice Department.

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FBI, DHS Officials on Threats, Benefits of Emerging Techs

Officials from FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said that agencies should look at the advantages and potential risks of integrating emerging technologies, like the cloud, 5G network and augmented reality, into their operations, GovernmentCIO Media & Research reported Thursday. Federal agencies are exploring the cloud that could increase flexibility and accessibility of data.

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DHS, FBI Issue Malware Report on North Korean Cyber Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security in partnership with FBI identified the malware potentially used by the North Korean government to hack into federal and industry targets. The agencies released the Malware Analysis Report on Wednesday providing information on the malware variant, called HOPLIGHT, which is linked to the Pyongyang-tied cyber attack HIDDEN COBRA. “DHS and FBI are distributing this MAR to enable network defense and reduce exposure to North Korean government malicious cyber activity,” the report states. 

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FBI’s Christopher Wray Talks Data Analysis, Cyber Training at Budget Hearing

FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the House Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice, science and related agencies subpanel to discuss the bureau’s budget request, FCW reported Thursday. According to budget documents, the bureau seeks $70.5 million in additional funds to build up cyber tools and data-sharing abilities as well as hire 33 additional employees.

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DOJ OIG: FBI Needs to Fix Cybercrime Data, Victim Notification Process

The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General released a redacted report stating that the FBI needs to improve its process for handling cybercrime reports and notifying victims of cyber intrusions. The IG noted that data in the FBI’s Cyber Guardian system, designed for disseminating notifications to cyber victims to help mitigate further attacks, was “incomplete and unreliable, making the FBI unable to determine whether all victims are being notified.”

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FBI Announces Plans for New Office in St. Louis

The federal government plans to construct a new FBI field office at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency campus in St. Louis, according to a St. Louis Business Journal report Thursday. The planned 40.4K-square foot facility is intended to accommodate information technology equipment and FBI cyber mission servers and unify all field offices across St. Louis.

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