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Cybersecurity News in Review

By Robert DuPree •  October 22, 2020
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This week’s cybersecurity news in review includes a number of articles related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s remote working and learning environment, including how companies are assessing their future endpoint security plans, how greater use of innovative security technologies are needed, a GAO report on the increased vulnerability of K-12 students’ personal information, the growing importance of cybersecurity at the state and local levels, and how federal agencies are reusing existing, authorized cloud services.  There are also stories on some new Army initiatives designed to help cyber forces in the field, DISA’s plans for a pilot  an enterprise ICAM solution pilot as it moves toward zero trust architecture, DHS plans to recompete several cyber contracts, and some further supply chain recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.  Finally there is coverage of a new survey on the cost to private organizations of cybersecurity compliance and a new GAO report on the future of American cyber and other technology.

Pandemic teleworking forces companies to evaluate future endpoint security plans

Dark Reading reports that the COVID-19 pandemic’s resultant teleworking boom has made organizations take a hard look at their long-term plans for endpoint security for next year and beyond.  Read more…

Pandemic shows need for greater use of innovative technologies  

SecurityInfoWatch.com warns that more widespread adoption of innovative security technologies – including connected devices and mobile solutions – is needed for the U.S. to safely resume more normal operations during and even after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

GAO: Pandemic remote learning creating greater cyber risk for students’ personal data

According to The Hill, a new GAO report finds that increasing cyber threats and attacks on K-12 educational systems as a result of the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are putting students’ personal data at risk.  Read more…

NASCIO cybersecurity study, teleworking reinforces importance of cybersecurity in government

Government Technology reports that the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) biennial study on cybersecurity takes a look at a number of key cyber issues and makes the case that the current remote work environment has spotlighted the “imperative” role of cybersecurity in government. Read more…

FedRAMP official notes agencies are reusing authorized cloud services to meet pandemic challenges

FedScoop cites a FedRAMP official as saying that, instead of developing new security capabilities, federal agencies are increasingly reusing authorized cloud services to help meet the COVID-19 pandemic’s demands for teleworking whenever possible.  Read more…

New Army initiatives aim to help cyber forces in the field

C4ISRNet details how a new Army platform is beginning being fielded at installations to better allow soldiers to work remotely, as well as plans for a new network to help Army cyber defenders in the field better collaborate with development teams to fix technological issues. Read more…

DISA wants to continue shift to zero trust via an enterprise ICAM solution pilot

Nextgov reports DISA is looking to pilot an enterprise identity, credential, and access management online solution prototype early next year, which it says will be a big part of the agency’s move toward a zero trust architecture for cybersecurity. Read more…

DHS looking to recompete cyber contracts

FedScoop says that, starting in March, DHS is likely to recompete some contracts in an effort to rebalance the ratio of federal contract staff supporting its network operations security center (NOSC), and that some existing contracts may not continue in their current forms. Read more…

Cyberspace Solarium Commission issues new supply chain security recommendations

According to C4ISRNet, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released a detailed follow-up to its March report with a new white paper containing additional recommendations for government to better secure its information and communications technologies supply chain.  Read more…

Survey details cost of cybersecurity compliance for private organizations

Security Magazine reports on a new independent survey showing how organizations must comply with, on average, 13 different IT security and/or privacy regulations and spend they spend an average of $3.5M annually on compliance activities, with compliance audits consuming 58 working days each quarter.  Read more…

GAO: Innovation in cyber, other areas to fuel U.S. technology gains

Signal – The Cyber Edge takes a look at a GAO report on the future of American technology, which finds there are likely to be breakthroughs in cybersecurity and a number of other areas due to innovation.  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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