Cyber Threats

DOD’s Digital Threats Are Increasingly Interconnecting, Watchdog Warns

GAO identified six areas that require more oversight, as Defense warfighting operations and national security increasingly hinge on data security.

Whole-of-Government Effort Targets Iranian Hackers

An unsealed indictment from the Department of Justice accompanied  sanctions and an advisory with international allies warning against government-linked Iranian hackers.

US Trails China in Key Tech Areas, New Report Warns

Ex-Google, DOD leaders paint dire picture unless U.S. organizes to win technology races.

A Cyber Workforce Strategy is Coming From the White House, Along with an Implementation Body to Make Sure it Works

The Office of the National Cyber Director has a workforce plan in development that looks to address public sector and private sector gaps in the cybersecurity profession.

U.S. Sanctions Iran—Under New Treasury Rules—for Attack on Albania

The new rules elaborate on what kinds of cyber activities warrant sanctions designation.

How Simple Claims of Election Interference Can be Enough to Prompt Real-World Threats

Federal officials remain on guard against foreign meddling in U.S. elections, as CISA and other agencies work to strengthen partnerships and intelligence sharing efforts with state and local election administrators.

High-Tech Financial Crimes Warrant Coordinated Digital Identity Efforts, FinCEN Warns

Leaders at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network noted that stronger authentication measures are critical and spurred by emerging technologies.

DHS Report Offers Electromagnetic Pulse Protection Measures for Critical Infrastructure

The report uses approaches for safeguarding the National Public Warning System as a blueprint for defending other vital systems and services from electromagnetic pulses.

White House Attributes Attack on Albania’s Critical Infrastructure to Iran 

A statement from the National Security Council noted the potential for deviations from international norms to escalate conflict and promised accountability.

Army Updates Cyber Training After Some Graduates Weren’t Ready for Their Jobs

New classes and updated curriculum reflect evolving threats and lessons from the Ukraine war.

Treasury Reissues Rules to Enforce Cyber Sanctions on Foreign Adversaries  

The rules could apply to any new executive order related to the national security emergency President Obama declared in 2015, in advance of a cybersecurity agreement with China.

NTSB Only Federal Agency Lacking a CISA-Mandated Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

CISA’s 2020 directive required that federal agencies under its authority develop policies allowing researchers to report bugs and flaws in public-facing systems.

Housing Agency Didn't Complete Cyber Orders From DHS, Report Says

The agency said that some of its websites failed to comply with binding operational directives from the Department of Homeland Security.

NIST to Launch New Guidance on Security Risks of Telehealth and Smart Home Integration

The agency notes that “user experience” improvements may come with less control over privacy and security.

Much-hyped Effort to Help DHS Land Cyber Talent is Slow to Make Hires

So far about four hires have been made under the Cybersecurity Talent Management System, with the agency hoping to make offers to 150 new cyber specialists by the end of September.

House Lawmaker Asks 9 Entities to Illuminate Crypto’s Security Concerns

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi issued nine letters to regulatory agencies and crypto trading platforms alike asking for future plans, emphasizing consumer protections.