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Senators Peters, Hassan, Schumer Raise Concerns over Funding Shortfall to State, Local Cybersecurity Support

Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have called on the Department of Homeland Security to resolve the shortfall in funding to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC). These programs help ensure that the federal government communicates information on […]
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What to Expect from Congress’ Cyber Strategy Brain Trust 

Last May, lawmakers created the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a 16-person panel charged with reviewing U.S. cyber strategy and recommending policy changes to improve the country’s response to digital threats. The group, whose members include lawmakers, high-ranking national security officials, and a smattering of industry experts, is expected to release its findings around the end of […]
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On Election Security, U.S. Government Leaving Much on the Table

Expert witnesses warned Congress that the U.S. government has largely failed to address a number of known security shortfalls related to the 2020 and future elections. Much of the election security debate has focused on improving baseline protections for voting machines, but witnesses at a Nov. 19 House Homeland Security Committee hearing noted that similar […]
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Citing Security Concerns, Senators Call on White House to Appoint Coordinator for 5G Issues

A bipartisan group of senators wants the Trump administration to appoint a top official to coordinate policy for issues related to 5G communications, saying...

Lawmakers Begin Oversight of Cyber Campaigns that Target Veterans, Military Members

Earlier this year, the group Vietnam Veterans of America published the results of a two-year investigation showing hackers and cyber criminals from Russia and elsewhere are specifically targeting veterans and military members. VVA has generally gotten a cold shoulder from federal agencies, but the House Veterans Affairs Committee just held its first hearing on the […]
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Senator Wants Pentagon Cybersecurity Review of Mobile Voting App Voatz

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a leading voice in the chamber on cybersecurity, issued a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Paul Nakasone,...

Wyden Pushes FCC on 5G Security

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that wireless carriers build new security measures, such as encryption and authentication,...

Bipartisan Bill Would Have Local Governments Use .GOV to Strengthen Cybersecurity Defenses

Aiming to help local governments bolster their cybersecurity posture, a bipartisan quartet of senators have introduced legislation that would mandate the use of the .GOV top-level domain for websites and email. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Amy Klobuchar […]
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Sen. Hassan Calls for Look into Federal Government Support for Entities Hit by Ransomware...

Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week urged the Government Accountability Office to look into how the federal government is supporting state and local governments that have been hit by debilitating cyberattacks over the past few months. In a letter to GAO, Hassan noted that “ransomware is a serious and growing threat to government operations at […]
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House Passes Bills to Boost Small Business Cybersecurity

The House has passed by voice vote the SBA Cyber Awareness Act, intended to improve cybersecurity at the Small Business Administration, and the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act, a bill to help small businesses defend against cyber attacks. The SBA Cyber Awareness Act, sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), would require the agency […]
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