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Legislators Urge White House to Nominate National Cyber Director

Some lawmakers are growing impatient waiting for President Biden to nominate someone to fill the position of national cyber director, which was created in the FY2021 NDAA with bipartisan support. The White House has said that it is still organizing the office this person will lead. Senator Angus King (I-ME), whose commission recommended creating the office, […]
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Proposed Order Would Mandate Breach Disclosure for Federal Contractors

The White House plans to issue a new executive order that will require many software vendors to notify their agency customers when they experience...

Upcoming White House Executive Order Will Address Cloud Security

An upcoming executive order will respond to recent hacks using SolarWinds and a weakness in Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Service and cloud-hosted Office 365...

White House Reviewing National Cyber Director Role, Evaluating CISA Candidates, Other Senior Cyber Positions

Members of Congress have been questioning the White House about who in the Executive Branch is responsible in an incident such as the SolarWinds...

White House Forms United Coordination Group to Tackle Microsoft Breach

Last week, the White House announced the formation of a Unified Coordination Group tasked with leading the government's response to the recent hack of...

What the Biden Administration Gets Right and Wrong on ICT in the New Supply...

In a commentary for Lawfare, Robert Morgus, a senior director for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and John Costello, a commission member and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discuss what President Joe Biden got right and wrong in his recent executive order on America’s Supply Chains. “This order signals that […]
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White House Reportedly Planning Security Grades and Labels for Software and Devices

The Biden administration is considering two new policies to give government, corporate, and individual tech consumers assurance that products are being designed with cybersecurity...

White House Considering Cybersecurity Ratings for Software

In response to incidents including the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange hacks, the Biden Administration is contemplating the use of cybersecurity ratings and standards for...

U.S. Considers Retaliation Options for SolarWinds, Exchange Hacks

The Biden administration is considering its options for responding to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange cyber attacks, both of which have been attributed to nation-state actors (Russia and China, respectively). The attacks have affected large numbers of government and commercial organizations, including operators of critical infrastructure. A new ransomware is emerging in the wake of […]
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How Should the U.S. Respond to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Hacks? 

In a commentary on Lawfare, Dmitri Alperovitch, a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., says the Biden administration should think carefully before retaliating against China and Russia for the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange hacks. “As strange as it may seem, the SolarWinds/Holiday Bear campaign is the sort of cyberespionage campaign that the U.S. should be […]
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