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Chris Riotta

Staff Reporter, Nextgov/FCW

Chris Riotta
Chris Riotta is a staff reporter at Nextgov/FCW covering government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after covering U.S. politics for three years at The Independent. He earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as 2021 class president.

CISA turns 5 and looks to the future

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is growing up as its mission to protect against cyber threats becomes ever more complex.


CISA ramps up efforts to shift cybersecurity responsibilities onto software developers

The nation’s cyber defense agency released new guidance alongside 17 domestic and international partners.


US cyber agencies in 'very close contact' with Israel after unprecedented Hamas attacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is “working in partnership” with Israeli cyber forces to thwart cyberattacks, a top official said on Thursday.


CISA urges swift action following largest ever DDoS attack

The nation’s cyber defense agency is calling on internet delivery service providers to immediately implement patches against an internet-wide vulnerability.


CISA collaborative weighs in on open source software security

The public-private Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative called on the open source software community to further invest in the development of secure software, tools and technologies.


New CISA, NSA guidance highlights pain points in identity and security management

A public-private working panel recommends vendors invest more in security measures like multifactor authentication.


CHIPS Act implementation at risk as November shutdown looms, Raimondo warns

The shutdown would be “massively disruptive” for ongoing efforts to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S., Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Wednesday.


Defense tech official charged in dogfighting ring indictment

Frederick Moorefield, a deputy chief information officer at the Defense Department, is alleged to have participated in an illegal dogfighting ring.


New cyber rules aim to standardize requirements for federal contractors

The proposed rules would create new information sharing and incident reporting requirements.


What happens to government devices during a shutdown?

Experts say government-issued devices like phones, computers and even email accounts face heightened security risks during a federal shutdown.


Democrats fear cyberattacks as government shutdown looms

Lawmakers are expressing concerns that the shutdown could radically hinder the work of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in responding to major ransomware incidents and other digital intrusions. 


White House panel recommends public-private task force to protect domestic infrastructure

Some of the recommended approaches are “immediately actionable,” according to a member of the committe

Digital Government

Data silos threaten innovation in key sectors, new report warns

Overly restrictive privacy laws are hindering information sharing initiatives across key sectors, the Center for Data Innovation warns.


Ransomware group's evolving tactics pose growing threat

A joint advisory from the FBI and the nation’s cyber defense agency warns that a persistent threat actor is advancing its tactics and targeting critical infrastructure sectors.


Federal cyber operations face challenges as government shutdown looms

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will retain about one-sixth of its workforce in the event of a partial government shutdown, according to its current plan.


Brace for potential government shutdown, federal contractor group warns

A leading industry group is warning federal contractors to prepare for uncertain times while noting that the latest guidance for some agency contingency plans leaves “a lot to be desired.”


Nation-state actors are exploiting AI for discord and attacks, DHS warns

The agency’s 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment notes that the “proliferation of accessible AI” could enable larger-scale cyberattacks against the U.S.

Artificial Intelligence

Congress’s week of AI

Tech titans, developers and executives descended on Capitol Hill this week for a series of meetings exploring crucial safeguards for AI research and development.

Digital Government

Civic hackers explore ways to streamline government operations

Lawmakers and technologists united for a day of civic hacking on Capitol Hill as part of an effort to modernize government services and make government operations more efficient.


New Pentagon cyber strategy emphasizes industry and global partnerships

A top Defense Department official described the private sector as “absolutely essential” in implementing the agency’s new cyber strategy.