Critical Infrastructure

Agriculture Invests $122 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure

More than 6,200 customers over five states will benefit and part of the funds will go to smart grid tech.

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas.

Former Official: Throwing More Bodies Into Cybersecurity Won’t Help

In fact, the focus on the cybersecurity workforce gap is leading to more insecurity and the need for more workforce, says a former FBI and intelligence official.

A Mission Assurance Strategy Built for 2020 (and Beyond)

Our connected reality presents massive challenges to military and commercial entities working to safeguard networks from growing threats.

DHS Cyber Chief Explains Issuing Emergency Directive During Shutdown

CISA Director Chris Krebs says “an urgent response was required” despite a large swath of the government shut down due to a lapse in appropriations.

Shutdown Could Damage Homeland Security for ‘Months, if Not Years,’ Says Ex-DHS Chief

Efforts to strengthen the country’s cyber posture have come to a halt, and if a crisis were to strike, there wouldn’t be enough people to respond, former agency officials said.

Senators to WMATA: How Will You Keep Next-Gen Metro Cars Safe from Foreign Tampering?

Four D.C.-area lawmakers are asking WMATA leaders to take supply chain and cybersecurity issues into account when buying the next series of Metro cars.

Lawmakers Set the Stage for the Privacy Debate

Congress also took up bills to upgrade the power grid, combat Chinese tech threats and punish robocallers.

Lawmakers Propose Bills to Avoid Future Shutdowns, Secure the Power Grid

Congress also cleared a bill to ensure furloughed feds get back pay once the government reopens.

How to Stop Hackers (Russian or Otherwise) from Hijacking Our Elections

A very promising innovation in the field of cryptography may hold the answer for bolstering election technology.

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The bill would establish and fund a public-private partnership to look at retro, analog options for securing the nation’s electric grid from digital threats.

Defense, Homeland Security Secretaries Spearhead Cyber Cooperation Agreement

The agreement details how the departments will work together on major cyber challenges such as elections.

DHS Aims to ID Critical Functions to Protect from Cyberattacks by Year’s End

After the Homeland Security Department identifies the critical functions, it plans to map out all their dependencies.

NIST Experiments with Critical Infrastructure Protections

Over in the IT world, this is fairly basic stuff, though it has rarely been tried for operation technology.

Election Security Tested

Federal agencies raced to secure vulnerable systems in time for the 2018 midterms, but the job’s not done.