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DOE’s Greg Sisson Warns Public on Social Engineering Scams

Department of Energy

Greg Sisson, acting deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the Department of Energy (DOE), said the public must be wary of scams that use social engineering tactics amid the pandemic. Sisson explained that social engineering scams use human interaction through texts, phone calls, emails and online platforms to obtain personal information.

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VA Data Breach Compromised Info of 46K Veterans

Cybersecurity

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that a data breach involving an online application used to handle medical payments compromised the personal data of approximately 46,000 veterans. The department’s Office of Information Technology will conduct a comprehensive security assessment before restoring system access to prevent data modification and unauthorized access.

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Energy Dept Asks Gov’t, Industry Partners to Maintain Cyber Awareness Amid COVID-19

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The Department of Energy’s office of cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response has advised partners in the government and energy industry to be vigilant to phishing attacks, malicious emails and other cyber threats amid the new coronavirus pandemic. CESER is calling on corporate leaders to advise their employees to be aware of risks associated with phishing, external emails and social engineering, DOE said Thursday.

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National Counterintelligence & Security Center Warns US Firms of Foreign Intell Threats With Informative Materials

A center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has begun to distribute brochures, videos, flyers and other informative materials to increase awareness about foreign intelligence threats and help U.S. companies protect themselves from nation-state actors. “American companies are squarely in the cross-hairs of well-financed nation-state actors, who are routinely breaching private sector networks, stealing proprietary data, and compromising supply chains," William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement published Monday.

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Pentagon Vet David DeVries Named OPM CIO; Beth Cobert Comments

David DeVries, principal deputy chief information officer of the Defense Department, is set to join the Office of Personnel Management in the coming weeks as CIO. The 35-year DoD veteran will provide strategic leadership to help strengthen OPM’s cyber posture through partnership with other agencies as part of the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, OPM said …

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Report: NATO Leaders to Tackle Cyber Issues at Warsaw Summit

NATO leaders will discuss the role of cyberspace in modern wars, conflicts and crises along with strategies to manage cyber issues at the alliance’s summit in Warsaw, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Patrik Maldre and Jarno Limnell write the summit, which is scheduled to occur July 8 and 9, aims to tackle political strategies meant to …

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FBI Assistant Director Details Cybersecurity Efforts, Multiagency Collaboration

In testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security yesterday, FBI’s Assistant Director Gordon M. Snow spoke about how threats in cyberspace–from social-engineering scams to data mining–are pervasive dangers threatening national security and Americans in their everyday lives. Snow highlighted how modern-day con artists operate on …

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