Critical Infrastructure

DARPA Project Producing Tool to Help Anticipate Military and Industrial Systems’ Cyber Threats 

The VERDICT tool aims to allow systems engineers to assess cybersecurity even without deep expertise. 

New Leader of IT Sector Coordinating Council Wants Alignment on Key CISA Initiative

The new chairman of the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council aims to be more involved in the agency’s work to protect industrial control systems.

Federal Regulators: Should Energy Companies Be Allowed to Use Cloud for Power Delivery?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to understand the risks involved before enabling power companies to adopt cloud technologies.

Government-Run Energy Company Keeps Reeling in the Same Employees in Phishing Training

The Tennessee Valley Authority has a good initial phishing training program in place but lacks real consequences for those that fail.

CISA Shares Details About Ransomware that Shut Down Pipeline Operator

One cybersecurity firm links the incident to a December attack on the Coast Guard.

Federal Contracts to Require Secure Timing and Navigation Under Executive Order

Key stakeholder says the president’s edict is insufficient and likely to cause confusion over the role of various departments.

Union Leader Says Utilities Not Incentivized to Report Cyber Incidents or Implement Protections

FERC’s recently “expanded” reporting requirements leave it up to entities to decide on qualifying events.

How Iran's Military Outsources Its Cyber Threat Forces

These intermediaries are loyal to the regime but separate from it.

DOD CIO Is Prepping Guidance on Endpoint Management

The department aims to clarify what beyond desktops qualifies as an endpoint.

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

Cyberspace Is the Next Front in Iran-U.S. Conflict—and Private Companies May Bear the Brunt

Businesses are at high risk, and strict American criminal laws prohibit many forms of cyber self-defense by private companies.

Electric Cars Will Challenge State Power Grids

An Energy Department study found that increased electrification across all sectors of the economy could boost national consumption by as much as 38% by 2050.

What’s Next for Iran’s Cyber Actors?

The country has grown as a talented, and destructive, network threat over the last several years.

NIST Is Offering $6M For Technical Help With Its Smart Grid, IoT Research

The standards agency is building a contract for technical services in support of its cyber-physical systems research.

Senate Committee Approves $250 Million to Fund the Electric Grid Security

The PROTECT Act would create a federal grant program to help small utility companies improve their digital defenses.

CISA Wants Feedback on Its Vulnerability Assessments

The agency is looking to improve a program that lets critical infrastructure operators measure their digital security and see how they stack up against their counterparts.

Agriculture Funds More than $1 Billion in Projects to Boost Rural Infrastructure

The broadband and electric investments aim to benefit more than 1.5 million businesses and residents.