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DHS Official Says Russian Campaign to Infiltrate US Industrial Systems in Progress

An official with the Department of Homeland Security recently told House lawmakers that a Russian campaign is currently underway with the aim of compromising the process controls of government and private organizations belonging to critical U.S. industries. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communication at the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, spoke during a joint hearing between the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. She said Russian attackers have been attempting to penetrate the industrial control systems of select U.S. business and government entities since at least 2015.

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HHS Opens Cybersecurity Coordination Center

A facility that aims to strengthen cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services has recently opened as part of October's National Cybersecurity Awareness month and the Trump administration's National Cybersecurity Strategy.

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DHS Eyes Risk Scoring Tool for CDM Program’s Next Phase

The Department of Homeland Security aims to develop an approach for government chief information security officers to assign and compare risk scores to agency networks, Federal News Network reported Friday.

The 2019 FISMA guidance now requires federal organizations to submit a justification memorandum to procure monitoring products and services not covered under CDM contracts.

The justification document must be sent to the CDM program management office, OMB resource management office and the Federal Chief Information Officer’s cybersecurity team.

OMB has also permitted the use of existing resources that align with CDM requirements but are not acquired through General Services Administration contracts.

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DHS Looks to Update Cybersecurity Sensor System for Cloud Compliance

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to refine its system of cybersecurity sensors to adapt to the needs of more complex cloud platforms, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Jeanette Manfra, leader of the department's cybersecurity division, said that their current Einstein sensor system is not built to detect cloud threats, but the DHS is partnering with industry to address this.

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Aims to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Network in an interview published Tuesday that DHS prioritizes efforts to build up its cyber workforce through education. Manfra, assistant secretary for the national protection and programs directorate at DHS’ office of cybersecurity and communications, said her office will assess this month whether personnel need to undergo the Federal Virtual Training Environment and other courses.

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Issues Federal ‘High Value’ Asset Security Directive

The Department of Homeland Security has released a binding operational directive to increase coordinated efforts to protect federal information systems against cyber threats. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS, wrote in a blog entry posted Friday the department will implement an integrated approach meant to address weaknesses across the government’s …

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Preston Werntz Appointed Chief Data Officer at DHS Cyber & Comms Office

The Department of Homeland Security has named Preston Werntz, former head of the technology services section at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, as chief data officer in DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Federal Times reported Saturday. At NCCIC, Werntz oversaw Automated Indicator Sharing program and led a working group that …

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