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What the DHS Cyber Agency Is Doing to Tackle Coronavirus

As the nation’s “risk adviser” for critical infrastructure, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has a role in protecting that sector’s operations in case of an outbreak in coronavirus cases in that sector. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, CISA director Chris Krebs told lawmakers the agency has […]
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Ransomware Top of Mind for DHS Cyber Chief

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Christopher Krebs is trying to do more to address ransomware and other digital threats that directly touch the lives of citizens. In a presentation at the RSA Conference, Krebs said that CISA has stepped up efforts to proactively reach out to federal agencies, local governments, businesses, and critical infrastructure […]
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DHS Publishes 2020 Strategic Plan for Election Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently published its 2020 election security strategic plan to help protect again foreign influence in electoral politics, outlining how it hopes to assist states before this year’s presidential contest unfolds. That assistance will come in a number of forms: engaging the nation’s some 8,000 election […]
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Homeland Security Wants a New Cyber Coordination Group

The Department of Homeland Security wants to establish the Joint Cyber Coordination Group, an internal organization dedicated to coordinating cybersecurity efforts and identifying joint priorities across DHS. The department’s fiscal year 2021 budget request includes $2.6 million for the group, which would have six full-time employees housed under the Office of Policy, Strategy, and Plans. […]
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CISA Director Discusses Cyber Hygiene and DHS Cyber Attack Response Programs at HSGAC Hearing

In a recent hearing, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee examined how state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and critical infrastructure owners and operators can mitigate and protect against persistent cybersecurity threats. The hearing also highlighted the current threat environment, including ransomware attacks and threats from state actors such as Iran. In his […]
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What’s in the DHS Cyber Agency’s Budget Request

The Department of Homeland Security’s budget request includes funding changes to two federal cybersecurity programs run by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, while also previewing future investments CISA hopes will improve its effectiveness. CISA would receive a total of $1.75 billion under the proposed fiscal 2021 budget, a significant reduction from the more than […]
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CISA Leans into Facilitator Role in Election Security Plan

In a newly released strategic plan, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency lays out its strategy for protecting the 2020 elections by focusing on its role as a facilitator, breaking down its coordination activities across four lines of effort: Elections Infrastructure – Assist with information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, […]
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GAO: CISA’s “Nationwide Strategy” on Election Security Should Be Enacted as Soon as Possible

A new GAO report states that the cybersecurity wing of the Department of Homeland Security must urgently finalize its plans to protect the 2020 presidential election. Despite three years of work meant to help safeguard the U.S. voting infrastructure, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is still “not well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for […]
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Three Agencies Team on Cyber Defense of Energy Infrastructure

The Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense have extended their joint effort to develop common cyber threat indicators and cyber defense capabilities to protect critical infrastructure in the energy sector. The agencies signed a new Memorandum Of Understanding to develop common, cross-agency threat data, and to collaborate on cyberattack response playbooks for energy infrastructure […]
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CISA “Not Well-Positioned” to Execute Nationwide Election Security Strategy in 2020

According to the result of a recent GAO audit, the reorganization of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate into the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has inhibited the development of larger strategic planning efforts to protect the 2020 elections. That undertaking has slowed agency efforts to finish strategic and operational plans […]
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