Tag Archives: National Security Council

White House Details 4 Lines of Effort to Fight Ransomware

White House

The Biden administration has outlined several initiatives aimed at countering ransomware incidents. The initiatives are classified into four lines of effort: disrupting ransomware actors and infrastructure; bolstering resilience to withstand ransomware attacks; addressing the abuse of virtual currency to launder ransom payments, and leveraging international cooperation to disrupt the ransomware ecosystem and address safe harbors for ransomware criminals.

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Alice Hill: Federal Government Could Help State, Local Officials Understand Climate Risk

Alice Hill

Alice Hill, former special assistant to President Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, said the federal government can support state, local and tribal leaders as they make decisions when it comes to preparing for climate impacts. Hill called on federal government officials to consider climate risk in the decision-making process. 

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CISA’s Matt Hartman: Government Agencies Commence Zero Trust Planning

Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman, deputy executive assistant director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said many federal agencies are now developing zero trust implementation plans to align with President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity. "It's important to consider that many of these tasks [in the executive order] are sprints to develop strategies," he said.

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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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DOD Reviews Definition of ‘Prohibited Extremist Activities’ Among Troops; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The White House National Security Council released the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism and the Department of Defense (DOD) is now assessing and updating its definition of “prohibited extremist activities” among uniformed service members in line with the strategy. DOD will also look at policy recommendations to address such activities among contractors and civilian employees, according to the 32-page document.

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President Biden Nominates John Tien, Jen Easterly, Robert Silvers for DHS, CISA Roles

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President Biden has nominated U.S. Army veterans John Tien and Jen Easterly to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), respectively. Tien has been a managing director at Citigroup since 2011 and served as senior director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

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White House Eyes New Regulations for Securing Software Supply Chain

Cybersecurity Competition

President Biden plans to issue an executive order that will focus on addressing recent cybersecurity issues that could impact the software supply chain. Jeff Greene, acting senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council (NSC), told attendees at a Cybersecurity Coalition event that binding requirements under the executive order will be established after at least six months.

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Former CISA Executive Nabeela Barbari Joins National Security Council

Nabeela Barbari

Nabeela Barbari, formerly an executive with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), now leads integrated risk management, national security policy and critical infrastructure security in her new role with the National Security Council (NSC). Previously, Barbari held multiple roles with DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), CISA's predecessor agency.

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Anduril Industries To Appoint Zachary Mears as New Head of Strategy

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries is expected to announce on Tuesday their acquisition of Zachary Mears, a former Pentagon staffer, as head of strategy. Anduril Industries is a company based out of Southern California with over 400 employees. The company has worked with the federal government on border surveillance, unmanned aerial systems and cruise missile defense technologies.

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White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council

White House

The White House has issued a new memorandum announcing the renewal of the National Security Council (NSC) system. The memo details the regular attendees of NSC meetings and the structure of the council’s principals committee, deputies committee and interagency policy committees. The interagency policy committees will oversee the development and implementation of national security policies by multiple government agencies. 

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