Tag Archives: Private-Sector

Senate Bill Seeks to Help Companies Directly Counter Hackers

Capitol Hill

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., have proposed a bill that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to study the potential advantages and risks of allowing private sector organizations to initiate measures against hackers during cyberattacks. “The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack shows why we should explore a regulated process for companies to respond when they’re targets,” said Whitehouse.

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Census Bureau Helps Other Agencies Run Their Own Data Programs; Drew Zachary Quoted

Drew Zachary

The U.S. Census Bureau is assigning technology teams to help other agencies establish their own data sprint programs. Drew Zachary, director of the Census Bureau's Opportunity Project, said she is leading the development of a new work model that would allow partner agencies to adopt a do-it-yourself approach as the bureau supports larger efforts.

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Rob Joyce: NSA-Industry Collaboration Could Help Intell Community Gain More Visibility Into Foreign Hackers

Rob Joyce

Rob Joyce, cybersecurity director at the National Security Agency (NSA) and a previous Wash100 Award winner, said any proposal that seeks to help the intelligence community address visibility gaps into foreign hacking operations must combine the signals intelligence data that NSA collects with the information gathered by the private sector.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Calls for Coordination to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau was investigating approximately 100 various types of ransomware and the recent attacks on oil and meat processing companies accounted for only a fraction of those types of ransomware. He highlighted the importance of coordination between companies and law enforcement authorities in identifying those behind the attacks and finding ways to counter threat actors.

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Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen on JAIC’s Efforts to Meet AI National Security Commission’s Final Recommendations

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Roughly fifty percent of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's (NSCAI) recommendations in its final report center on defense and Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, head of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said “we’re already working on two-thirds of them. 

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Investigators Say 30% of Victims of Alleged Russian Hack Do Not Run SolarWinds Software; Acting CISA Director Brandon Wales Quoted

Data-Centric Security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and corporate investigators said they believe the operation of cyber attackers allegedly linked to Russia extended far beyond compromising SolarWinds’ Orion software and found that about 30 percent of victims in the private and government sectors were not using the software, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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White House Issues National Strategy for Planetary Protection

White House

The White House National Space Council has released a new strategy that seeks to protect the Earth and other planetary bodies from biological contamination associated with space exploration activities and ensure safe and sustainable commercialization and exploration of space. For the first objective, the government should come up with a forward contamination framework and risk-informed decision-making implementation strategies. 

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Gen. Paul Nakasone, Michael Sulmeyer on Cyber Command’s ‘Defend Forward’ Strategy

Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, and Michael Sulmeyer, senior adviser to the commander of Cybercom, wrote in an article published Tuesday on the Foreign Affairs magazine that aside from implementing proactive defense measures, the command needs to advance the “defend forward” strategy through persistent management.

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James Geurts: Navy Eyes More ‘Tech Bridges’ to Advance Collaboration With Nontraditional Vendors

James Geurts

James “Hondo” Geurts, assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition at the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is increasing the number of technology collaboration centers to 12 to create networks, facilitate collaboration and award contracts to nontraditional defense contractors and small businesses, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

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