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Edward Graham

Staff Reporter, Nextgov

Edward Graham
Edward Graham is a technology reporter for Nextgov, where he reports on national security technologies and policies, the Department of Veterans Affairs and election security issues. He received his master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in 2016.
Emerging Tech

Lack of emerging tech framework is 'weakening' US stance against China, lawmakers warn

Both Democrats and Republicans said Congress needs to craft national frameworks around data privacy and autonomous vehicles to counter China’s global tech ambitions.

Cybersecurity

CISA releases guide to help safeguard K-12 schools from cyber threats

CISA’s report, which was mandated by the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, outlined a variety of steps that primary and secondary schools can take to bolster their cyber defenses.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Governments view open source as critical for enhancing digital services, experts say

The U.S. government is “still in the process of organizing and coordinating” its own strategy around the use of open source software, according to a CISA official.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FCC bans sale of new devices from Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE and others

Friday’s order to ban new sales and imports from five Chinese companies is the first time in its history that the agency has blocked the sale of telecommunications equipment on national security grounds.

Cybersecurity

No ‘specific or credible’ cyber threats affected integrity of midterms, CISA says

Despite “a handful” of DDoS attacks targeting state and local election websites and some technical glitches affecting voting equipment, CISA says it saw “no activity” that should undermine faith in the results of the midterm elections.

Cybersecurity

Voting machine myths likely to increase during and after midterms, report finds

Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future identified mis- and disinformation campaigns suggesting that voting machines from three major companies “will be used to falsify the results of the midterms.”

Cybersecurity

FCC proposes to strengthen cybersecurity of emergency alert systems

Emergency alert system participants would be required to disclose cyber breaches within 72 hours of discovery.

Cybersecurity

State and local agencies buying banned Chinese equipment, report finds

Chinese-made smartphones, surveillance cameras, temperature scanners, handheld radios and networking equipment have been deployed in government offices, transit systems, schools, hospitals and prisons.

Cybersecurity

Malicious emails surged for election workers in 2 battleground states ahead of primaries

Research conducted by cybersecurity firm Trellix found that county election workers in Arizona and Pennsylvania saw an increase in phishing schemes ahead of their primary elections.

Cybersecurity

Malicious cyber activity is unlikely to compromise election infrastructure

"Extensive safeguards in place” will make it difficult for bad actors to interfere in upcoming midterm elections, according to a joint public service announcement from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI.

Cybersecurity

Communication breakdowns hurt otherwise positive view of federal ransomware support, GAO says

State, local, tribal and territorial governments have “generally positive views” of agencies’ ransomware assistance, but cited “inconsistent communication” from the FBI as a challenge.

Data & Analytics

FAA launches data visualization dashboard to better inform public about the national airspace

New interactive ‘Fact Book’ hopes to make the FAA’s collected data on the U.S. aviation sector easier for readers to comprehend.

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

Report outlines electromagnetic pulse protection for critical infrastructure

The report uses approaches for safeguarding the National Public Warning System as a blueprint for defending other vital systems and services from electromagnetic pulses.

Cybersecurity

Election officials have been largely successful in deterring cyber threats, CISA official says

Public-private partnerships and enhanced resource sharing activities have been key to defending against outside threats to voting systems, according to the head of CISA’s National Risk Management Center.

Data & Analytics

Lack of equitable data is harming underserved communities, US chief data scientist says

Enhanced data collection efforts and outreach are needed to improve outcomes for underrepresented communities across the country.

Cybersecurity

CISA hosts election security exercise ahead of 2022 midterm elections

State and local officials, along with representatives from federal agencies and election industry companies, participated in the “Tabletop the Vote” exercise to prepare for a range of hypothetical risks to election operations.

Cybersecurity

Misinformation campaigns and threats are undermining confidence in U.S. elections, official says

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is ramping up efforts to defend voting systems from outside intrusion, but the spread of online misinformation and threats against election officials still damage faith in the electoral process.

Data & Analytics

Heat.gov offers real-time data, resources to combat extreme heat

The website for the distribution of extreme heat-related information includes interactive data, tools, maps, forecasts and other resources.