Tag Archives: Russia

Gen. Paul Nakasone on Cybersecurity, Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and opens up a “new strategic environment of competition." Cybercom is now preparing to ensure the security of the 2022 midterm elections and Nakasone discussed how the command works to counter cyber threats as more countries attempt to interfere with U.S. democratic processes.

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Adm. Charles Richard: U.S. Needs to Refine Operating Concepts Amid Chinese, Russian Threats

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, who leads U.S. Strategic Command, said the military needs to reexamine its operating concepts as China and Russia continue to jointly pose strategic threats. He said at the Hudson Institute that the Department of Defense's operational plans may fall apart if strategic deterrence is not met.

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Adm. Charles Richard: Integrated Deterrence Needed to Remain Ahead of China, Russia

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, head of U.S. Strategic Command, has called for an integrated multi-domain deterrence to avoid being overtaken by modernizing China and Russia. He suggested investing in a secure nuclear architecture, improve conventional forces, field emerging weapons technologies and stand up the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system.

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: U.S. Needs Domain Awareness, Information Dominance to Address Future Threats

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, who leads U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said the U.S. must capitalize on domain awareness and information dominance to deal with Russian and Chinese threats. He spoke at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium to discuss potential kinetic and non-kinetic approaches the U.S. can implement to defend against adversaries.

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Commerce Adds 6 Russian Institutions to Entity List

Commerce Entity List

The Department of Commerce’s bureau of industry and security has added six institutions with ties to the Russian government to its entity list for their involvement in activities that pose a threat to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. Reuters reported that four of the entities are information technology firms – Pasit, Neobit, Pozitiv Teknolodzhiz and AST. 

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Biden Administration Mulls Ransomware Attack Response; Press Secretary Jen Psaki Quoted

White House

President Biden met with his administration's national security team to develop plans addressing the ransomware attacks perceived to be initiated by hackers from Russia. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not indicate if the administration is linking the Russian government or criminal actors to the attacks, the recent casualty of which was information technology company Kaseya.

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Joint Advisory Sheds Light on Russian Intell Agency’s Brute Force Cyber Campaign

Ransomware

The FBI, National Security Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the U.K. government’s national cybersecurity center have issued a joint advisory on a brute force campaign by Russian military intelligence against U.S. and foreign organizations. The brute force capability enables threat actors to gain access to email and other protected data and identify valid account credentials through password guessing and other extensive login attempts.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: Navy-Marine Corps Integration Needed to Counter Cyberattacks

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps must be ready to address cyberattacks. “Continuing Navy-Marine Corps integration must account for the information environment, especially adversary intrusions, information operations and next-gen cryptography,” said Nakasone. 

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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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Space-Based Capabilities Critical to U.S. National Security, DOD Officials Say

John Hill

John Hill, principal director for space policy at the Department of Defense (DOD), told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that the U.S. needs bolstered space-based technologies to compete with foreign adversaries. Hill said U.S. national security requires these technologies as adversaries Russia and China continue to invest in counter-space systems.

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