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Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
Cybersecurity

Biden Team Highlights Cybersecurity Focus With First Cabinet Picks

Familiar faces will likely have to revisit efforts around information sharing and establishing global norms.

Cybersecurity

Agency Cybersecurity Waivers Would Face New Time Limits, Oversight Under New Bill

The proposal would require approval from the Office of Management and Budget for skipping encryption and multifactor authentication.

CIO Briefing

DHS CIO Shares Plans for Next Chief Data Officer

The department’s chief information officer said her office is moving fast on building segment architectures she expects will help with risk management. 

Cybersecurity

OPM Offers New Guidance for Cybersecurity Rotational Programs 

The personnel office also explains how participants may proceed with pending clearance investigations.

Cybersecurity

CISA Needs More Resources to Avoid ‘Whack-a-Mole’ Operation, Lawmaker Says

The agency shelved routine work protecting federal networks to turn its attention to pressing pandemic and election issues. 

Podcasts

Critical Update: The Government’s Cloud Anxiety 

As more federal agencies shift to cloud computing, officials are reexamining the responsibilities customers and service providers must bear to secure data.

Cybersecurity

Key Senator Denounces Federal CISO’s Investigation of Alleged Voter Fraud

After just a month into his new post, Camilo Sandoval is on a break to help the Trump campaign.

Cybersecurity

Zoom Settles with FTC On False Claims About End-to-end Encryption

Dissent to the agreement shows how the Federal Trade Commission could change under the incoming administration. 

Cybersecurity

Tech Association Wants Biden Team to Focus on Public-Sector Supply Chain Security 

A Biden administration might require even more of private-sector entities than President Trump has on the issue. 

Cybersecurity

IoT Security Bill Nears Passage as New Consortium Tackles Open 5G

Government officials are thinking about how the use of drones as part of the network infrastructure will affect security.

Cybersecurity

OMB Confirms Appointment of Controversial New Federal CISO

Camilo Sandoval, a former acting CIO for the Veterans Affairs Department, was the director of the Trump campaign’s data operations in 2016.

Cybersecurity

DOD Official: Upcoming Cybersecurity Requirements Could Still Significantly Change Based on Industry Feedback

Defense Acquisitions CISO Katie Arrington highlighted cost concerns and encouraged public comments toward a final rule on the department’s planned certification program.

Cybersecurity

CISA’s Elections Operations Center to Remain Open for Another 45 Days  

Officials acknowledged reports of misleading robocalls and suspicious traffic around a Florida system, but said neither were out of the ordinary.

Cybersecurity

DHS, NSA Award Millions to Universities for Cybersecurity Workforce Development Plans

Agencies tasked with implementing a 2017 executive order envision a national network of technical institutes. 

Cybersecurity

Analysts Predict a Well-Funded and Prolific Ransomware Industry in 2021

A review of ongoing trends shows the shipping and delivery industry could be in attackers’ sights next.

Cybersecurity

DOD Official Confident in Cybersecurity Certification Body’s Business Model

The volunteer group taking on the Pentagon’s new system of contractor audits has taken out lines of credit, the official said.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s First Agreement with Accreditation Body on Contractor Cybersecurity Nears End

Lead official grapples with the challenge of resourcing a federally funded research and development center to act as a gateway for the Pentagon’s certification program.