Cybersecurity

The U.S. is the top target of ransomware attacks, report says

The majority of ransomware attacks worldwide targeted industries that play a "critical role" in domestic and international supply chains, including IT, health care and the public sector, according to new research.

3 steps to help new CISOs to hit the ground running

To face increasing cyber threats, new chief information security officers must quickly assess the environment, establish strategic objectives and act intentionally on a strategy they have confidence in.

Water utility cyber investments stymied by unfunded mandates, fiscal pressures

During a House committee hearing, utility representatives said they need more federal money and partnerships to face down cyber threats.

Guidance aims to help critical infrastructure protect against cyberattacks

A cybersecurity advisory will help critical infrastructure owners and operators simplify choices around the security of industrial control systems while allowing flexibility the companies say is needed to their operations.

Cyber mandates too costly for water utilities, experts say

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

Federal cyber grants could foster greater cooperation between state, local governments

States can provide cybersecurity services to local governments in lieu of cash funding, DHS said, while required planning committees can comprise many stakeholders.

Ransomware task force outlines threat response

The Joint Ransomware Task Force is designed to unify efforts and identify ways to leverage the federal government’s unique authorities and capabilities to disrupt ransomware.

Cyber modernization too complex for quick fixes, in-house solutions, report says

State and local agencies feel pressure to quickly overhaul their technologies and processes to stay ahead of adversaries and meet growing IT demands, but they first need an in-depth assessment of strategic costs and other implications.

Justice officials release framework for policing crime in crypto space

Complimenting the new national digital asset framework, law enforcement is planning similar steps to combat crime in the crypto marketplace. 

DHS unwraps $1B state and local cybersecurity grant program

Each states will each receive a minimum of $2 million for FY 22 for a planning committee and a cybersecurity plan that details how it will reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Rule for vendors' secure software self-attestation in the works

Federal agencies will soon need vendors to attest that their products conform with NIST guidance on secure software development, OMB says.

Cyber criminals increasingly relying on ransomware-as-a-service, report says

A new report reveals threat actors are using the same ransomware as in previous years – but relying on new malware-free intrusion methods and ransomware-as-a-service offerings to evade popular mitigation techniques.

5 actions to help state and local agencies gain visibility and improve IT hygiene

A hygiene-first approach combined with modern security solutions is essential for state and local agencies looking to increase their level of protection, gain visibility into their IT environments and eliminate blind spots.

State lays groundwork for cyber ecosystem

South Carolina expects to need 6,000 new cybersecurity workers over the next 10 years.

How a fast-growing town moved from ad hoc to strategic cybersecurity

Security operations center as a service gives Gilbert, Arizona, a single pane of glass for support, services and collaboration.

Cybersecurity grants are coming. Are you ready?

COMMENTARY | Federal grants worth $1 billion could position state and local governments to harden their networks and protect themselves from cyber threats. Here’s what to keep in mind.

How simple claims of election interference can be enough to prompt real-world threats

Officials remain on guard against foreign meddling in U.S. elections, as CISA and other agencies work to strengthen partnerships and intelligence sharing efforts with state and local election administrators.