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Water Supply Security Has Become Major Concern of Lawmakers, Experts

The attack on the water treatment facility of Oldsmar, Florida has become a common reference point for lawmakers and experts discussing cybersecurity priorities, with...

DCMS Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 Highlights More Still to Be Done by The...

The United Kingdom’s Department for Culture Media and Sport recently published its annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey, which aims to capture trends in cyber security incidents and provides a snapshot of the approach of UK businesses to the risks of an incident and the types of incidents seen in the previous 12 months. DLA Piper […]
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The Proverbial Other Foot: Proposed U.S. Legislation Could Ban Personal Data Transfers to Ireland...

Digital giants and other data-driven businesses that have moved their companies from the United Kingdom to Ireland in the wake of Brexit could soon be bracing for a new shake-up in light of new domestic legislation recently proposed by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The draft bill, Protecting Americans’ Data From Foreign Surveillance Act, would ban […]
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Space Force Asks Cyber and Air Forces for Support Personnel

The Space Force is asking Cyber Command and the Air Force to provide more specialized cyber personnel. Major General DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command, expects Space Force to have its own cyber protection teams in three to five years. When Space Force was established in 2019, it took Delta 6 team […]
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First Round of Technology Modernization Fund Proposals Due Early June

Federal CIOs and program managers have until early June to put together proposals to receive expedited consideration for some of the $1 billion in the Technology Modernization Fund. The TMF Board will accept proposals on a rolling basis after that. The guidance comes two months after President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan. Lawmakers […]
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DoD Expands Bug Bounty Program to All Public-Accessible Systems

The Defense Department has expanded its bug bounty program to include all of its publicly accessible information systems, including not just web sites, but also its networks, frequency-based communication, industrial control systems, and internet-of-things devices. Kristopher Johnson, the director for the Pentagon’s Cyber Crime Center, which oversees the program, explains that DoD websites were only […]
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Florida Businesses Dodge a Data Privacy Bullet – for Now

After months of will-they-or-won’t-they, the Florida legislature went with “won’t” on enacting Florida House Bill 969, the “Florida Privacy Protection Act.” After a dramatic few weeks, with dueling data privacy bills competing in the Florida House and Senate, HB 969, the last bill standing, died in House committee on the last day of the Florida […]
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Five Federal Agencies Show Signs of Pulse Connect VPN Breach

CISA is investigating at least five federal agencies that may have been breached by hackers exploiting vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure VPN applications. The...

NSA Offers Operational Technology Guidance to Defense and Contractors

Following the recent SolarWinds attack, the National Security Agency is recommending to the DoD and its contractors that operational technology systems be kept as isolated (“islanded”) from the internet as practical. “Each IT-OT connection increases the potential attack surface,” the NSA memo reads. “To prevent dangerous results from OT exploitation, OT operators and IT system […]
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Senate Passes Peters Provision to Bolster Cybersecurity of Public Water Systems

The Senate has approved language that would help protect the IT systems of public water utilities, as part of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, which authorizes spending $35 billion on the nation’s water infrastructure. Introduced by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), the provision directs the EPA to work with CISA to develop a framework […]
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