Cybersecurity

How Governments Can Protect Themselves Against Fraud in Times of Crisis

Agencies are up against challenges that will arise again and again during each next disaster as they continue to use outdated technology.

Senator Questions TikTok, FBI and DHS Over Spread of Extremist Content

The requests are part of ongoing investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Pentagon’s Top Science Official Adds to Tech-Breakthrough Wishlist

Heidi Shyu, research and development undersecretary, said she went looking for tech areas to trim—and found that some vital ones had been overlooked.

White House Unveils 32 Countries Invited to Participate in Ransomware Meeting

India, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany will have leadership roles during the two-day event. Russia was not invited.

Help Celebrate the Boldest Projects in Government

Nextgov and Government Executive’s BOLD Gov showcases excellence in government—and nominations are open.

OMB Gives Agencies Three Months to Help CISA Monitor Networked Devices

The memo adds heft to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s longstanding push for more visibility into federal networks.

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Bill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will study the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations to assist schools in facing those risks.

CIA Creates China Center To Shift To Great Power Competition

“It’s taking the top slot from the counterterrorism mission over the past 20 years,” said John Doyon, executive vice president of INSA.

Mitigating Cloud Risks Starts With Full Visibility of Shadow IT

New survey findings highlight the need for a data-centric approach to cloud security in the era of remote work.

Lawmakers Ask How They Can Help Agencies Fight Crypto-enabled Ransomware Hacks

A new bill would require public and private entities to report on ransomware payments, including the nature of currency used, to DHS within 48 hours.

CISA Finalizes Guidance for Securing Federal Networks for Remote Users

The latest guidance is the third of four use cases to be released as part of the Trusted Internet Connection 3.0 initiative.

Microsoft: Government Most Targeted Sector by Hackers In Past Year

And more than half of cyberattacks tracked by Microsoft originated in Russia.

Bill Would Create Supply Chain Crisis Office Within Commerce Department  

The bill also authorizes tens of billions in grants to support domestic manufacturing.

Federal CISO Considers Including Technology Modernization in Cybersecurity Metrics

Chris De Rusha is also thinking about how to use the Technology Modernization Fund to create a new shared services program for zero-trust implementation.

DOJ Announces Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

The group will include cybersecurity and anti-money laundering experts looking to crack down on ransomware and other criminal efforts. 

Senate Committee Passes Major FISMA Changes—Including a New Definition of ‘Major Incident’ 

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also passed an incident reporting bill with increased liability protections for companies, drawing praise from industry.  

NSA Cyber Chief Spells Out Near-Term Priorities

Ransomware is a top concern, but the agency is also looking ahead to defending networked weapons and post-quantum encryption.