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Amid Coronavirus, CISA and NIST Issue Guidelines to Boost Federal Telecommuting

The forced rush to telecommuting has caused many problems, with one of the most concerning being a surge in targeted attacks against strained federal...

Australian Cyber Security Centre Issues Warning Around Coronavirus-Themed Malicious Cyber Activity

The Australian Cyber Security Centre has issued a new threat update, seeking to raise awareness around coronavirus-themed malicious cyber activity. It says that COVID-19...

Nebraska’s Centralized Approach to Cybersecurity, Compliance in Age of Coronavirus

Although Nebraska is not yet seeing large numbers of COVID-19 cases, and is not operating under a stay-at-home order, state CIO Ed Toner believes...

Trump Objects to Pandemic Spending Oversight, But Congress and IGs Still Have Authority

When President Trump signed the CARES Act, he signaled in a signing statement that he would not enforce some of the oversight provisions in...

What’s in the Department of Justice’s Proposals to Congress for Addressing Issues Created by...

The Department of Justice has submitted a package of legislative proposals for addressing the COVID-19 crisis, some of which members are considering, while others have been outright rejected. The question is what new authorities are needed to address the challenges faced by the executive and judicial branches, while balancing civil liberties. Margaret Taylor and Benjamin […]
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DOJ & FTC Facilitate Lawful Collaborations to Respond to COVID-19

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have issued a joint statement providing guidance to businesses responding to the COVID-19 crisis on how to engage with competitors without running afoul of antitrust laws. They recognize that collaboration on R&D, technical know-how, healthcare providers’ development of standards for patient management, joint purchasing arrangements, and lobbying […]
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NIST Cybersecurity Recommendations for Working from Home

The Information Technology Laboratory, a component of the NIST Computer Resource Center, has issued a bulletin that reiterates NIST standards for teleworking. Security for...

How the Federal Tech Community Is Coping With COVID-19

With so many “non-essential” workplaces closed, the federal IT workforce is now primarily responsible for keeping the federal government operating. The Office of Management and Budget has provided top-level guidance, but agencies still need to determine what work can be done remotely and which critical missions still require employees to physically show up. Instead of […]
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The Top 10 Employer Cybersecurity Concerns For Employees Regarding Remote Work

Employers are responding to COVID-19 by allowing, and even mandating remote working. Companies ranging from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to local design shops have asked employees to work from home. While increasingly common even before the virus, remote work brings its own unique set of cybersecurity challenges. Here are the ten most common pitfalls and […]
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Cyber Security Experts Collaborate to Block Coronavirus-Related Cyber Campaigns

Nearly 400 cyber security experts from 40 countries have come together to create the COVID-19 CTI League, in an effort to fight hackers looking to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis. Its primary goal is to thwart targeted cyber attacks against medical facilities and other institutions critical to the fight against the pandemic. Cyber security […]
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