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Derek B. Johnson

Senior Staff Writer

Derek B. Johnson is a former senior staff writer at FCW.
Cybersecurity

Rural telecoms face $1.8 billion tab to replace Huawei and ZTE equipment

The Federal Communications Commission has added up how much it will cost to replace the Huawei and ZTE equipment in America's rural telecommunications infrastructure: $1.84 billion.

Cybersecurity

Administration moving forward with vulnerability disclosure policies

The Office of Management and Budget and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued guidance to federal agencies on how to set up vulnerability research and disclosure programs.

Cybersecurity

How government is delivering better election security

While it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure the security and integrity of the 2020 election, plenty of progress has been made on the cybersecurity front since 2016, experts say.

Cybersecurity

Vishing attacks on the rise, FBI, CISA warn

Hackers are targeting employees working from home during the coronavirus pandemic with “vishing” or voice phishing campaigns, since at least mid-July, according to an alert from the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Cybersecurity

COVID relief phishing emails spoof SBA

Emails that appear to be from the Small Business Administration are being sent to business owners, CEOs and CFOs enticing them to download malware and hand over personal banking information, according to new research.

Cybersecurity

What will it take for a secure election?

In the face of unprecedented challenges this year, many election officials say most issues can simply be addressed with sufficient political will.

Cloud & Infrastructure

CISA, NIST issue cloud security guidance

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued finalized core guidance for the Trusted Internet Connection program, and National Institute of Standards and Technology its guide on access controls for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud models.

Cybersecurity

NSA issues BootHole mitigation guidance

Following the disclosure of a widespread vulnerability that could affect potentially billions of Linux and Windows-based devices, the National Security Agency issued a cybersecurity advisory highlighting the bug and offering steps for mitigation.

Cybersecurity

IRS improves its fraud, ID theft detection

The tax agency received high marks for its efforts cracking down on tax refund fraud and identity theft, according to a new audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Cybersecurity

Massive vulnerability uncovered in popular networking device

A particularly dangerous vulnerability has been uncovered in F5’s BIG-IP networking devices produced by F5, impacting enterprise networks across the globe.

Cybersecurity

CISA names top 3 threats to government systems

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s EINSTEIN intrusion detection system found that remote-access tool exploitation, fileless Trojan malware and cryptocurrency mining software accounted for 90% of the observed threat activity against civilian federal systems and networks in May.

Cybersecurity

What drives white-hat hackers?

A recent survey of bug bounty participants found that they don’t hunt bugs for the money, but motivated by the work’s flexible hours and chances to improve their skills.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Legacy tech, insufficient coordination hampered COVID relief

The CARES Act relief programs overwhelmed federal, state and local IT systems and led to numerous delays and interoperability challenges, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers combat flood of COVID cyber fraud

Congress has put forward a number of bills designed to address cyber fraud during and after the pandemic.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers explore tech-friendly banking

As House Democrats consider future relief packages tied to the coronavirus outbreak, they're exploring how make the banking system more tech-friendly and expand access to financially distressed groups using digital services.

Cybersecurity

Census faces pandemic-related delays, cyber and IT challenges

Along with a number of IT testing and cybersecurity challenges already facing the 2020 census, it must now also manage new issues and delays caused by the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Cybersecurity

Administration’s cyber defense plan stresses 'Made in USA'

To shore up the security of the energy sector, Department of Energy officials said they plan to replace foreign-made parts in U.S. bulk power systems that may pose a national security or economic risk.

Cybersecurity

NSA applies its talents to COVID-related security

The National Security Agency is working to protect its own critical activities, safeguard medical research and get the economy moving.

Cybersecurity

Zero trust doesn’t have to mean zero info sharing

As zero trust can limit data sharing that’s essential to many agency operations, it requires cooperation from both the technology and mission sides of the agency to work.

Cybersecurity

Fraudsters spoof CDC, IRS and other gov sites in phishing scams

Fraudsters are using phishing campaigns promising pandemic relief payments to lure Americans to fake websites and entice them to hand over their banking credentials.