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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

Tech Industry Voices Concerns about the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Certification Plan

Officials say an updated rule for implementing the program will be open for comment later this spring.

Cybersecurity

Coronavirus Will Not Delay Pentagon’s Contractor Cybersecurity Program, Official Says

The Defense Department signed an agreement with an accreditation body for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Cybersecurity

Defense Agency Renews Antivirus Software Subscription for Workers’ Home Use

The one-year license excludes contractors from a crucial factor in secure “maximum telework.”

Cybersecurity

NIST Offers 8 Ways Agencies Can Use Its Cybersecurity Framework

One approach involves getting a better sense of potential contractors’ cybersecurity posture.

Cybersecurity

FTC Warns of New Coronavirus-Oriented Scams

The agency has updated its list of hacking and other tactics that prey on the generous and the needy in times of crisis.

Cybersecurity

Regulators Say Maritime Industry’s Pandemic Plans Can Skip Cybersecurity Details

The Coast Guard stresses new guidance adds flexibility for compliance with existing security planning requirements.

CIO Briefing

Government’s Maximum Telework Policy Overlooks Contractors

Industry association pushes for the administration to issue guidance for flexibility and greater use of contractors during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Cybersecurity

Senators Propose Barring TikTok from Government Devices

Major government departments have already banned employees from downloading the popular app.

Cybersecurity

Policymakers Look to Greatly Expand Existing Cyber Workforce Programs

Tracking how education initiatives translate into cybersecurity jobs remains a challenge.

Cybersecurity

Senate Committee OKs Bill to Give CISA Subpoena Authority Over Internet Service Providers

Lawmakers are pushing to give the agency more power and resources despite the cuts requested in the president's budget.

Cybersecurity

Solarium Cyber Report Recommends New Government Structures, Major Policy Overhauls

Nonpartisan group recommends a new bureau to track cybersecurity metrics across government and the private sector.

Cybersecurity

Justice, Senators Propose Initiatives to Combat Online Sex Exploitation

The department’s voluntary principles and new legislation leave encryption in question. 

Cybersecurity

Former DHS Acting Inspector General Indicted for Stealing Database with Personnel Information

The 16-count indictment includes charges of theft of proprietary software and intent to defraud the U.S. government.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Commission Will Recommend Creation of a Response and Recovery Fund

Resources should flow to the private sector in addition to state, local and tribal entities, according to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.  

Cybersecurity

Nokia and Ericsson Defend Collaboration with Chinese Entities During Senator’s Inquiry   

Senators want to help the companies compete against Huawei, but China touches everyone’s supply chain.

Cybersecurity

CISA Officials See ‘No Malicious Activity’ During Super Tuesday

Subsequent information could change the analysis but the agency does not currently attribute technical hiccups in some states to interference.