Cyber Threats

How CISA's Planning to Track Agencies' Vulnerability Remediation

A request for information targets potential vendors to provide a platform that would support and monitor agencies’ efforts.

Weeding Out Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Just Became More Difficult

Millions of out-of-work Americans are filing for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic and fraudsters are using the unprecedented crush of filings to take advantage.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Moved Life Online—a Surge in Website Defacing Followed

The act of website defacement does not require hackers to have highly sophisticated skills.

Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Accreditation Board Seeks First Class of Auditors

The group seeks experienced professionals to help shape an ecosystem of education and training possibilities for aspiring cyber auditors. 

The White House Is Rewriting Contracting Language to Clarify Security Liability 

COVID-19 sped up some agencies’ cloud migration and amplified calls for cybersecurity assurances.

Senate Commerce Advances Cyber Grand Challenge Bill with Some Tweaks 

Bipartisan support for the bill is driven by a workforce development component.

Contact Tracers Don’t Need Your Social Security Number or Bank Info, FTC Warns

A new text scam uses coronavirus-response efforts as cover to pump victims for financial information.

NIST Wants Help Demonstrating Security Compliance in 5G  

The new project will help develop interoperability among various components of the emerging network architecture.

Lawmakers Want ‘Immediate Action’ to Encrypt Calls Between the House and Senate

The group is pushing for increased security for legislative branch communications due to spying threats. 

Critical Update: Why the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Certification Program Inspires Hope and Fear

The Defense Department’s Katie Arrington, and representatives from across the federal contracting community share perspectives on a new era dawning in U.S. cybersecurity policy.

Bill Proposes to Incentivize Cybersecurity Innovations With Cash Prizes 

The legislation tries to breathe life into a “moonshot” idea first proposed by tech industry leaders. 

Iran Is Increasing Its Military and Cyber Activity, Report Says

After a big drop in April, Iran’s conventional military activity is up. Cyber operations never slowed down.

How to Keep Your TSP Account Secure in the Era of COVID-19

Scammers and fraudsters are taking advantage of the novel coronavirus pandemic to target online financial accounts. 

CISA Releases Top 10 Most Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities

The agency highlighted three threats targeting remote workers though other known issues date back to 2016.

Critical Update: Teleworking Securely During the Pandemic

Nextgov staff recently joined the GovExec Daily podcast to discuss do's and don'ts of remote work.

U.S. Marshals Service Breach Exposed Personal Data of 387,000 Prisoners

The agency notified affected individuals this month after learning about the intrusion in December.