Cybersecurity

TSA shines a light on insider threats

As screening programs for airline passengers and baggage have become more effective, the Transportation Security Administration looks to new ways to protect airplanes and airport systems from malicious insiders.

Cybersecurity

CISA outlines its role in helping states with election security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency breaks down its coordination activities across four lines of effort: elections infrastructure, campaigns and political infrastructure, the American electorate and warning and response.

Cybersecurity

Can CISA deliver nationwide election security?

While state election officials were generally satisfied with support from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a new watchdog report found CISA is "not well-positioned" to execute a nationwide election security strategy in 2020.

Cybersecurity

DHS looks to automate cyber compliance

The Department of Homeland Security said it plans to improve the ability of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation and CyberStat to better validate whether agencies are complying with Binding Operational Directives.

Cybersecurity

Senators propose state cyber coordinators

Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act of 2020 would require the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to designate an employee to serve as the principal federal contact for each state.

Cybersecurity

FBI to loop states into local election threats

Under a new policy, the FBI will also brief state officials when local election infrastructure has been compromised.

Cybersecurity

Can the intelligence community really share election security threat info?

Federal officials will work harder to share information about election security threats with state officials, but they must also protect sources, which will leave local officials unsatisfied, according to the IC's election security threats executive.

Senate wants to get ahead of IoT

New legislation would establish an interagency panel to help prepare government and the private sector for the internet of things.

Cybersecurity

Voting machine security: Too little too late?

Three of the largest U.S. voting system manufacturers told lawmakers they would support a range of new regulatory and reporting requirements, but at least one election security expert said that may not be enough.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Keeping track of vulnerability disclosures

The General Services Administration and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are considering a centralized cloud-based vulnerability disclosure platform for civilian executive agencies.

Could bots drive public policy?

Agencies that use online feedback sites to inform regulations may be vulnerable to manipulation by machine-learning tools that can generate infinite variations of fake comments at scale.

Cybersecurity

Current encryption algorithms still strong, NIST official says

Agencies can slowly switch out their older encryption protocols over the coming years without leaving themselves exposed.

Cybersecurity

Election infrastructure needs greater oversight, report says

Voting machine companies and other vendors operate with near-complete autonomy unlike other heavily regulated critical infrastructure sectors, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Cybersecurity

The Chinese telecom equipment purge: Who's going to pay?

As the federal government is taking steps to lock down communications networks, agencies are considering how to help the smaller rural telecom firms pay to replace their Chinese-made equipment.

Cybersecurity

Discounted cyber services available for political campaigns

The cybersecurity services will help address some of the most common digital threats -- from phishing attacks and email compromise to data theft or loss of campaign donor information, polling data and other sensitive data.

Cybersecurity

Determined hackers will crack voting machines, security researchers say

Voting Village co-founders argue the myriad vulnerabilities that exist throughout a machine's lifecycle can be easily exploited by well-resourced and creative hackers.

Cybersecurity

Illinois outlines election security strategy

After suffering one of the most high-profile election attacks in 2016, state and local officials met with federal lawmakers to discuss plans for 2020.

Cybersecurity

Poor cyber hygiene haunts software supply chain

Rudimentary, easily exploitable software vulnerabilities are the most common ways bad actors get into systems and networks, a national security expert says.

Cybersecurity

Would a cyber playbook reduce risk?

A House bill proposes the Department of Homeland Security open its stores of technical guidance on cybersecurity mitigation to other federal agencies and the broader public.

Cybersecurity

Elections can't be secured by funding alone

The Senate's approval of $250 million in funding to states to secure voting infrastructure ahead of 2020 will not be enough, experts say.

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