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Cybersecurity Week in Review

By Robert DuPree •  February 15, 2019
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This week’s cybersecurity news in review includes reports on a new study on the costs to businesses of poor digital certificate identity management practices, new NIST recommendations for securing modern manufacturing via blockchain, a new report on the federal government’s progress relative to the private sector in adopting anti-spoofing tools, and a DHS agency’s denial that it is backing off efforts to protect the 2020 election from foreign hacking.  There are also articles on DoD supply chain cybersecurity efforts and recommendations, a new high-ranking Navy position to oversee IT and cyber, and Cyber Command’s growing personnel needs. Finally, there is coverage of the Pentagon’s push to increase its cyber training programs, concerns that DoD’s networks are not being sufficiently tested for cyber vulnerabilities, and some possible strategies to boost DoD’s cyber intelligence efforts.   

Businesses face big costs due to poor digital identity management

A new report by Keyfactor and the Ponemon Institute finds that digital certificate management shortcomings could cost businesses as much as $67 million over the next two years.  Read more…

NIST makes blockchain-based security recommendations for manufacturers

GCN reports that NIST has issued a report with some recommendations for securing modern manufacturing via blockchain. Read more…

Government leads the pack on anti-phishing tools adoption

FCW says the latest report on adoption of the email anti-spoofing Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) tools shows the federal government is outpacing other sectors. Read more…

DHS agency denies its backing off election security efforts

The head of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has disputed the allegation that the agency is scaling back its efforts to combat 2020 U.S. election interference from foreign actors, saying that CISA is hiring permanent staff to replace temporary task forces. But, as FCW notes, CISA may be concentrating its focus more on securing infrastructure than on fighting foreign threats. Read more…

Defense Department wants contractors to do more to improve their cybersecurity

Federal News Network says DoD has released new guidance in recent months to strengthen contractors’ cybersecurity practices, including requiring them to now comply with NIST Special Publication 800-171. Read more…

Defense industry group wants DoD to follow its lead on supply chain cybersecurity

Fifth Domain reports that the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is urging the Pentagon to model any DoD supply chain cybersecurity guidelines after voluntary recommendations made to its members in December by AIA. Read more…

New Navy assistant secretary post to oversee IT/cyber

The Department of the Navy is establishing a new, Senate-confirmed assistant secretary position to oversee IT and cyber issues across the Navy and Marine Corps, which Federal News Networks says would be similar to but more powerful than a chief information officer to reflect the importance of information management. Read more…

CYBERCOM will need more personnel, chief says

FCW quotes Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command, as telling a Senate committee that the command’s current mission requirements will require it to hire additional personnel.  Read more…

DoD to improve cybersecurity training

Fifth Domain reports on three new solicitations showing the Pentagon is looking to expand its cybersecurity training centers and cyber training efforts.  Read more…

Tougher cyber warriors needed to probe DoD networks

According to Nextgov/Defense One, the Pentagon’s Office of the Director of Operational Test & Evaluation says there are too few skilled personnel available to perform the role of adversarial “red teams” to test DoD networks for cyber vulnerabilities. Read more…

Ideas for beefing up DoD’s cyber intelligence efforts

Fifth Domain reports top current and former government officials and academics believe the U.S. must boost its cyber intelligence authorities and capabilities in order to fulfill the mission of the White House’s more aggressive new cybersecurity strategy, and former NSA official has some suggestions to achieve this. 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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