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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

White House Is Developing a Plan to Secure Industrial Control Systems

An upcoming executive order in response to the hacking campaign that involved SolarWinds will include standards to improve software transparency.

Cybersecurity

NIST Planning Workshop to Comply with Law on Federal IoT Procurement

Comments on draft documents required under the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act raise concerns of both fragmentation and a lack of flexibility.

Cybersecurity

CISA Official Calls for Update of Identity Management Guidance in Wake of SolarWinds Compromise

"Identity is everything now," a technical strategist told NIST advisers in a briefing on the hacking campaign.

Policy

Lawmaker to Reintroduce Net Neutrality Legislation Within Weeks

Supporters say giving the Federal Communications Commission greater authority over internet service providers is more important in the wake of the pandemic. 

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

Hearing on Hack Prompts Call for Review of Government’s Cloud Procurement

A key lawmaker highlighted a profit motive for “basic” cybersecurity as problematic following an exchange with Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Cybersecurity

Report: Mobile Phishing to Steal Government Credentials Increased 67% in 2020

State and local governments are more exposed than federal agencies in the new teleworking age, but threats have increased across the board.

Cybersecurity

Hacking Campaign Fuels Calls for Information Sharing Mandate

Senators weigh potential protections from liability for incident reports amid concerns about cyber hygiene.

Cybersecurity

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. 

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

FCC Approves Proposal to Increase Eligibility Under Supply Chain Order

The agency’s acting chief has reached out to interagency partners and wants to create a team dedicated to network security issues.

Cybersecurity

White House Plans Executive Action in Response to Hack Involving SolarWinds  

The official leading the effort said changes are necessary to allow information sharing within the federal government.

Cybersecurity

NIST Issues ‘Foundational Profile’ for Secure GPS Use

An executive order instructed the Commerce Department to produce profiles—plural—that sector-specific agencies could use to develop contractual language on the issue. 

Cybersecurity

CISA, FBI Share Recommendations After Water Treatment Hack 

The agencies say updating to the latest operating system is important, even if it wasn’t a factor in this particular incident.

Cybersecurity

Experts Tell Lawmakers to Give CISA 'Operational' Federal Information Security Role

Former CISA director Chris Krebs said government contracts also need to change in order to facilitate cross-agency information sharing.

Cybersecurity

Army Awards $5M Bridge Contract for Cyber Training

The service justified skipping a competitive bidding process citing urgent need.