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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.
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Industry: Include Agencies’ Approval of Cloud Service Providers in FISMA Metrics

GSA is working to measure timeline for agencies getting through the FedRAMP process, according to an official.

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Presidential Advisers Set Timeline for Report on Options to Secure 5G Networks

Officials reaffirmed the administration’s view that software-defined networking is the best way to secure next-gen telecommunications.

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MITRE Piloting Evaluations to Validate Cybersecurity Firms’ Protection Claims 

The group will assess which firms can best detect and defend from adversaries that target banking transfers and ATMs.

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CISA Shares Details About Ransomware that Shut Down Pipeline Operator

One cybersecurity firm links the incident to a December attack on the Coast Guard.

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CISA, FBI and DOD Issue Warning on North Korea-Linked Malware

New threat variants allow Hidden Cobra to remotely access and control systems—and banks should look sharp.

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Coming Cyber Commission Report Loaded with 75 Ways to Improve Security—Plus the Bill Proposals

Key lawmaker highlighted recommendations focused on Congressional reform and a new type of information sharing.

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Federal Contracts to Require Secure Timing and Navigation Under Executive Order

Key stakeholder says the president’s edict is insufficient and likely to cause confusion over the role of various departments.

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CISA Director Makes Case for Subpoena Power over Internet Service Providers

A key lawmaker pointed to concerns over privacy if the agency could request who’s behind internet addresses.

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Justice Department Attributes Equifax Hack to Chinese Military Officers 

Officials highlight the theft of intellectual property, in addition to personal information.

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Industry Leaders Rebuke Barr’s Dismissal of White House-Backed Plan to Avoid Huawei 

Attorney General breaks with government partners in proposing a more immediate, and controversial solution. 

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Senate Intel Report: Key Officials Excluded From 2016 Election Response

Committee leaders recommend an integrated response to cyber events and disregard for political affiliations moving forward.

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FBI Director Argues Private Companies Shouldn’t Decide Encryption Debate 

A key lawmaker questioned whether the Justice Department’s position is at odds with the Defense Department’s.

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ODNI Plans to Share More About Cyber Threats Under New Counterintelligence Strategy

The strategy requires the intelligence community to think of the private sector as consumers of its threat information.

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Pentagon Announces Final Version of Cyber Standards for Contractors

Mythbusting officials explain why the Defense Department’s certification plan will have a slow rollout.

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Workforce Specialist to DOD: Sweat the Small Stuff Rolling Out CMMC

Assessment guides for auditors will be just one key to ensuring the program doesn’t become a meaningless checklist.

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House Panel Clears Bills to Give CISA Subpoena Power, Retain Leadership

The Homeland Security Department’s newest agency enjoys bipartisan support in shaky times.

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Final DOD Cybersecurity Certification Model Due Friday

The Defense Department will seek information within weeks to build a sophisticated database that will serve as a repository for auditors.

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Union Leader Says Utilities Not Incentivized to Report Cyber Incidents or Implement Protections

FERC’s recently “expanded” reporting requirements leave it up to entities to decide on qualifying events.