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Cybersecurity News in Review

By Robert DuPree •  October 10, 2019
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This week’s cybersecurity news in review includes articles on an FBI alert regarding the growing impacts of ransomware on U.S. businesses, removal of what federal CIOs view as excessive cybersecurity tools from agency networks, a new DHS report on cyber workforce issues and their impact on the agency’s role in coordinating federal cybersecurity efforts, and a discussion of issues federal agencies are facing in planning to utilize 5G wireless technology.  There is also coverage of the Army’s shift to initiatives that emphasize cybersecurity in the tactical environment, the Navy’s plan to utilize a grant of authority by Congress in 2017 to more rapidly acquire cybersecurity items, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)’s plans to work the NSA, CYBERCOM and the private sector to use AI to standardize data collection enterprisewide, and the Oct. 1 launch of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate combining its foreign intelligence and cyberdefense missions. 

Ransomware impacts growing, FBI says

According to Fifth Domain, the FBI is warning American businesses that ransomware attacks, while less frequent this year, are causing greater private sector losses, and the Oct. 2 FBI alert described the various tactics used by attackers. Read more…

Do agencies have too many cybersecurity tools?

Fifth Domain reports that some federal agency CIOs are removing certain security tools from their networks because there are so many of them they may not even know the exact number or what tools they actually have. Read more…

DHS IG report raises workforce concerns vis-vis agency’s cyber coordination role

Fifth Domain says the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General warned in a report released Sept. 23 that the agency is not “well-positioned” to carry out its responsibility to management programs to secure other federal networks because it lacks a cybersecurity workforce strategy and sufficient workforce assessments. Read more…

Experts: 5G wireless must deal with security, other challenges

FCW reports that experts meeting a kick-off meeting of one of the industry/government partnerships formed to help federal agencies plan for the new 5G wireless technology are having to face such issues as security, spectrum and network deployment. Read more…

Army cyber leader see focus shift to protecting tactical systems

Signal quotes the new head of the Army’s Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Directorate as saying the service’s cyber policy, which has traditionally been more focused on enterprise networks than tactical systems, is shifting due to new initiatives that emphasize cybersecurity in the tactical environment, including networks, weaponry and any other systems used by warfighters. Read more…

Navy wants to use 2017 NDAA provision for more agile cybersecurity procurement

The FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contained language which effectively allows for military cybersecurity procurement to be done at the lowest possible level. Fifth Domain says Navy acquisition officials are now looking to utilize that provision to enable the service to more rapidly acquire cybersecurity items, which it also believes will save taxpayer dollars.  Read more…

DoD artificial intelligence-based cyber initiative to standardize data, other efforts

FedTech says that DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is planning to work with the NSA, U.S. Cyber Command and various cybersecurity vendors to standardize data collection across the Defense Department, consistent with the Pentagon’s February 2019 artificial intelligence strategy that called for using standardized processes in such areas as data, testing and evaluation. Read more…

NSA’s new combined Cybersecurity Directorate goes live

UPI reports that the National Security Agency official launched Oct. 1 a Cybersecurity Directorate, combining the NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyberdefense missions, with an initial focus on the defense industrial base and improving the security of weapons’ systems. Read more…

 

 

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree is the manager of government affairs at Telos Corporation. Follow him on Twitter: @RFDuPree See full bio...

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