Cyber Defense

Top Homeland Security Senators Want Details on Agencies Hit in SolarWinds, Microsoft Intrusions

Sens. Gary Peters and Rob Portman also request more information on key defensive programs and federal cyber leadership.

DOD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program for Contractors Is in Demand

The Defense Cyber Crime Center launched a pilot with “a few dozen” companies participating.

Getting and Growing the Cyber Workforce You Need for 2021—and Beyond

It’s no secret that the competition for cyber talent is stiff. With a 0% unemployment rate and nearly 400K open positions across the U.S., federal agencies must reinvent their cyber employee experience. 

Closing the Cyber Skills Gap Will Take New Technologies in Addition to New Talent

The cybersecurity resources gap is no longer a problem we can solve with humans alone.

Air Force Working on Foundational Zero Trust Activities, CIO Says

Some programs are already operating under a zero trust framework, but the enterprise as a whole still needs basic tools for things like identity, credentials and access management. 

NSA, CISA Promote Domain Name System Incorporating Threat Information

The agencies’ guide on selecting a provider of protective DNS services is based on a pilot with the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center.

Practical Steps to Managing Supply Chain Risk

Like with any new agency initiative, nothing moves forward without executive sponsorship.

Splitting NSA, CyberCom Now Could Reduce Military Access to Intelligence, Milley Says

The Joint Chiefs chairman says the organizations have not yet worked out how to keep the data flowing after the long-awaited split.

Cybersecurity Agency Takes Over Management of .Gov Domain

The official domain for .gov websites shifted from the government’s landlord to the government’s central cybersecurity shop.

Air Force Only Service to Develop Cybersecurity Requirements for Weapon Systems Contracts, GAO Says

The audit found the Defense Department has improved weapon systems cybersecurity in recent years, but detailed requirements must make it into contracts.

Debunking Three Myths about Hardware Security

The federal government should consider hardware-enabled security approaches.

Biden’s Pick For Defense Policy Chief Outlines Cyber Deterrence Position

In a contentious nomination hearing, Colin Kahl called for a whole-of-government approach to technology.

NSA Pushes Zero Trust Principles to Help Prevent Sophisticated Hacks

Operating under the default position that an organization has been compromised is a pain that’s worth it, the agency said.

CISA, DHS Bolster State and Local Cybersecurity Programs

CISA added another vendor to an intrusion detection plan and DHS increased the required cybersecurity spend for certain FEMA grants. 

CISA Names Three Leadership Appointments

CISA announced a new deputy director, executive assistant director for cybersecurity and executive assistant director for infrastructure security.

CISA Chief Says the Agency’s Global Initiative Is to Support the State Department  

International cybersecurity work of both the State and Homeland Security departments will rely on support from Congress.