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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’s Federal Chief Information Security Officer Brings Public and Private-Sector Experience

Chris DeRusha’s resume includes cybersecurity adviser roles at the White House, DHS and Ford Motor Company.

Cybersecurity

CISA Shares Specs for Threat-Hunting Solution

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is now pushing the Biden administration to require the same thing for companies serving the Defense Department.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s Cybersecurity Certification Requirements to Appear in DHS Contracts

Official says a selection of the first contractors to be audited will be vetted by members of the new administration.

Cybersecurity

Highway Safety Agency Wants Car Makers to Know What’s in Their Software

The agency is seeking comment on a software-heavy update of its cybersecurity best practices.

Cybersecurity

Biden Team Snatches NSA Cyber Chief for White House Role 

Anne Neuberger aimed to share more information about cybersecurity vulnerabilities with the public.

Cybersecurity

Counter Intelligence Chief Calls for Zero-Trust Software Supply Chain Policy

The official also said there’s a need for the fusion of responsibilities assigned to a trilogy of government agencies.

Cybersecurity

GSA Introduces Vendor Risk Assessment Program in Draft Solicitation

The SolarWinds hack seems to be breathing new life into the supply chain security effort.

Cybersecurity

CISA: SolarWinds Hackers Got Into Networks by Guessing Passwords

The agency also highlighted new indicators of compromise and recommendations for mitigating follow on activity involving Microsoft Cloud users.

Cybersecurity

Trump Plan for Maritime Cybersecurity Would Introduce Procurement Requirements

The outgoing administration added items to federal agencies’ to-do lists, noting rising threats to the sector.

Cybersecurity

Russia ‘Likely’ Behind Widespread Hack, Cyber Response Agencies Say

The Cyber Unified Coordination Group believes fewer than ten government agencies were compromised in what is an ongoing intelligence operation.

Cybersecurity

Government Watchdogs Launch Cyber-Threat Sharing Assessment

In the wake of the recent hack, Microsoft President Brad Smith said contractual obligations hurt cross-government sharing following breaches.

Cybersecurity

CMMC: The Dramatic Year of the Pentagon’s Contractor Cybersecurity Program

The Defense Department’s main effort to protect its supply chain from cyber threats charged ahead through the pandemic but not without controversy.  

Emerging Tech

The Army Aims to Be Less Dependent on Contractors for Software

The command of the military branch in charge of looking ahead is soliciting prototypes for a major knowledge-transfer initiative.

Cybersecurity

Hack Spurs Call for Greater—but Measured—Supply Chain Scrutiny 

Operational cybersecurity hygiene is one thing, criteria for using open-source code is another, one expert says.