Cybersecurity

Hackers Take Data for Further Reconnaissance in Breach of Federal Agency

Initial access to the agency’s system was possibly due to failure to fix a known VPN vulnerability, a patch for which was released in April 2019.

Emerging Tech

Oak Ridge Considers Supplementing In-House Cybersecurity Operations, CISO Says

Oak Ridge National Lab's top information security official told Nextgov he’s looking at moving to managed threat detection and response services.

Ideas

Addressing Insider Threats with Event Triggers 

An insider threat program that incorporates financial triggers can help identify at-risk individuals.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director: Feeding DOD’s Cyber Offense Operations Is Crucial to New Strategy

Senator says legislation is moving forward to thwart intellectual property theft from China and defend federal networks from cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity

IG: CBP Responsible for 2019 Biometrics Breach, Though No Federal Networks Were Compromised

A ransomware attack on a Customs and Border Protection vendor leaked facial images on more than 184,000 travelers—something agency security and policy should have prevented.

Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

At least 16 school districts have been victimized in a rash of ransomware attacks since the end of July.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog Highlights Need for Better Cyber Coordination Across Government

A pair of reports point to confusion about the State Department’s new cyber bureau and the vacuum left behind by the eliminated White House cyber coordinator position.

Ideas

The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite

Disinformation campaigns used to require a lot of human effort, but artificial intelligence will take them to a whole new level.

Cybersecurity

FERC Asks Energy Sector to Report Huawei, ZTE Usage

Amid fears over having to replace equipment, Energy official noted no set timeline for implementing next steps on a related executive order.

Cybersecurity

Audit: HUD Doesn’t Ensure Sensitive Data It Shares Is Secure

A Government Accountability Office pointed to high turnover rates for top privacy and IT security officials as a reason for the agency's poor performance.

Ideas

On TikTok, the Trump Administration Is Adopting China’s Own Vision for the Internet

Until recently, the United States has been a staunch opponent of data localization laws.

Cybersecurity

Government Employees May Need to Update Threat Hunting Perspectives

As Congress considers expanding threat hunting programs into the private sector, a majority of federal workers surveyed last year didn’t seem to have a clue about such efforts within their own agencies.

Emerging Tech

Program Under Defense Innovation Unit Is Launching a New Consortium

The Institute for Nascent Innovations will look to identify and solve unseen issues in emerging crises.

Ideas

The Need for Unified Data Protection in the U.S.

Innovative businesses should be fighting to get federal privacy legislation to get the most out of data while simultaneously protecting customer information.

Cybersecurity

CISA Orders Immediate Action to Fix Vulnerability in Windows Directory

The agency has seen code designed to exploit the vulnerability in a system used to permit access to network resources.

Cybersecurity

Commerce Department to Bar TikTok, WeChat from U.S. App Stores

The Commerce Department announced a list of prohibitions meant to protect U.S. national security against the two Chinese-owned apps.

Cybersecurity

How Good Is Your Phishing Training? NIST Launched a Tool to Figure That Out.

Researchers are looking to pool more data from outside organizations to further refine it.

Cybersecurity

CISA Data Shows Federal Civilian Agencies Faster Than Industry at Patching

The nation’s risk adviser continues to expand its role in what it’s dubbed the year of vulnerability management.

Cybersecurity

FBI Fights Intellectual Property Theft from University Offices

Director Christopher Wray noted the importance of attribution in the bureau’s strategy amid growing difficulty investigating cyber crime.

Ideas

Faked Videos Shore Up False Beliefs about Biden's Mental Health

These deceptively altered videos have become a major element of disinformation campaigns that wield falsehoods in an effort to sway voters.