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January 25, 2021

Speed of White House cyber appointments should make CISOs ‘a bit more confident’

The appointments and presumed future appointments draw heavily from people with public sector experience, a move that some praise and others criticize as a failure to consider private sector expertise.

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January 25, 2021

Does cybersecurity need its own Fauci?

SC Media spoke to Ron Gula, former NSA hacker and cybersecurity investor through Gula Tech Adventures, who has advised Congress and the White House, about what President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office should look like from a cyber perspective.

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January 21, 2021

CISA launches ransomware education program

The effort encourages governments, schools and private companies to take steps to protect their systems and data from ransomware.

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January 15, 2021

Biden to invest in cyber workforce, but without plan to overcome lingering staffing hurdles

President-elect Joe Biden announced funding to modernize secure IT and lure cyber talent to the public sector as part of his plan to stimulate the economy and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. But cybersecurity experts remain skeptical that the newfound funding focus on cybersecurity will be enough to draw the necessary talent. Noting…

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January 15, 2021

With insured losses estimated at $90 billion, did cyber insurance firms dodge financial calamity?

The number of SolarWinds victims will likely grow in the upcoming months, but direct insured costs should remain close to the current estimate since many of the organizations hit – particularly federal agencies – do not carry insurance against cyber risks.

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January 8, 2021

Biden’s pick as White House cyber czar provides critical federal leadership and diversity

When Joe Biden assumes the presidency 13 days from now, as government grapples with fallout from the SolarWinds breach and an attack on the U.S. Capitol, veteran intelligence expert Anne Neuberger likely will be by his side as deputy national security advisor for cybersecurity on the National Security Council (NSC). Naming Neuberger to the newly…

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January 8, 2021

CISA discovers token abuse around SolarWinds hack, calls for full rebuild of affected networks

The agency has found evidence of authentication token abuse in networks infected with corrupted versions of Orion software and say restoring integrity will require a full network rebuild in certain cases.

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January 6, 2021

White House unveils maritime cybersecurity standards for government and industry

Contributing $5.4 trillion to the U.S. economy, the maritime transportation system will adhere to guidelines for threat information sharing, creating a cybersecurity workforce, and establishing a risk framework for operational technology.

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December 30, 2020

A new year, a new administration: Doors open in 2021 for public-private cooperation

While much is speculative, a few aspects of how the government’s information security interactions with the private sector have begun to crystalize.

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