Tag Archives: ransomware

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Ransomware Defense

Alejandro Mayorkas

Small and medium-sized businesses are urged by Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, to strengthen defense against cyber attacks as ransomware threats continue to escalate and the "backbone" of U.S. economy serves as the target of cyber actors. DHS aims to onboard 200 cyber personnel by July 1st. 

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Justice Department Reviews Efforts Against Foreign Cyber Threats; Lisa Monaco Quoted

Lisa Monaco

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun to assess its efforts to address cyber threats coming from foreign entities potentially involved in supply chain disruption and ransomware cases, CyberScoop reported Friday. The review, which is set to run for four months, will tackle the ransomware cryptocurrencies employed by enemy nations and criminal organizations.

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DHS to Hold Sprints on Driving Cybersecurity Response; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a cybersecurity sprint event in support of the Biden administration's efforts to drive cyber response. DHS will hold a series of exercises focused on major IT topic areas such as ransomware, industrial control systems, workforce, election security, transportation security and international-focused efforts.

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Brandon Wales: CISA Preps to Execute Authorities for ISP Cybersecurity Info Sharing

Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said the agency is preparing to implement new authorities to solicit information from internet service providers for national security purposes. Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress granted CISA the authority to obtain customer data from ISPs to enable information sharing on system vulnerabilities.

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Alejandro Mayorkas: DHS to Increase Minimum Cyber Spending to 7.5% Via FEMA Grant Awards

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said DHS will raise the required minimum cybersecurity spending through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant awards from 5 percent to 7.5 percent, reflecting a $25 million increase across the country. He said DHS has started to assess and implement additional capabilities, including potential new grant initiatives. 

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DHS Head Alejandro Mayorkas Eyes Cyber Grant Spending Increase, Anti-Ransomware Campaigns

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, plans to raise minimum spending for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants focused on cybersecurity in a push to drive cyber awareness. DHS said Monday that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will oversee the implementation of potential cyber-focused grant programs as part of Mayorkas’ initiative.

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Interagency Cyber Group Releases Document to Educate Public on Ransomware

CMMC Vetting

The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), a partnership between multiple security and intelligence agencies, has published a new fact sheet made to educate the masses on ransomware threats. Subject matter experts from across more than 15 government agencies contributed their input to develop the fact sheet under NCIJTF. 

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CISA, FBI, MS-ISAC Release Advisory on Cyber Threats Targeting K-12 Distance Learning

Cyber Diplomacy

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have issued a joint advisory on cyber threats that target remote learning operations in the kindergarten through twelfth-grade category. Fifty-seven percent of MS-ISAC’s reported incidents represent K-12 schools in the August to September period, according to the advisory.

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NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Data Integrity, Ransomware Protection

Data Integrity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft guidance to help agencies ensure the integrity of their data against ransomware threats in line with recognized cybersecurity requirements. The effort comes as part of NCCoE’s data integrity projects to improve understanding of architectures, capabilities and other resources to support a comprehensive data integrity strategy.

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