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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | MeriTalk Recognizes Federal Cyber Defenders at CDM Central and Cyber Smoke – MeriTalk

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

When cybersecurity works at its best, you barely know anything about it. Because highly secure and efficient networks rarely create their own reasons to make the news.

DHS’ CDM program is helping agencies locate which direction cybercriminals and attackers are headed. Learn More

The same goes for the many thousands of dedicated security professionals across government and industry who work hard – often in the background and mostly unheralded – to guard networks against a stunning array of threats from sophisticated nation-state attackers all the way down to common thieves.

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, MeriTalk will shine a light on the often unsung stalwarts who defend the networks on which we all depend.

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the outcomes of government information technology, is recognizing cyber defenders across industry and government who have been judged by the community to have made a significant contribution to the state of cyber security.

We will recognize these cyber defenders across our programs and platforms during the month of October – including the CDM Central conference and CDM Cyber Smoke networking program on October 10th – and in our daily news coverage at meritalk.com.

We are proud to recognize these Cyber Defenders during the 2019 National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We salute you, and thank you for your service.

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Canada to #Devote $1 #Billion of Federal #Budget to #Fighting #Cybercrime

Source: National Cyber Security News

NEXT-GENERATION CYBER-PROFESSIONALS
The Canadian government will release details of its federal budget this coming week, and local news outlets are reporting it will include a $1 billion cybersecurity fund. According to CBC News, federal government agencies requested for the funding to bolster Canada’s cybersecurity infrastructure, as multiple departments are facing growing cybercrime issues.

A bulk of the funding will be a much-needed supplement to Canada’s 2010 National Cyber Security Strategy — although the revised plan would not be included in the budget. The revised plan is expected to come out later this year from Public Safety Canada.

The proposed budget would finance a number of efforts to combat cybercrime in the country, which could include training the next-generation of so-called cyber-professionals and encouraging them to apply their craft in Canada. The money would also likely be used to strengthen military’s cybersecurity capabilities by outsourcing the expertise needed from local private companies. The idea is to keep the pool of cyber-security warriors trained in and working for Canada.

A TIMELY DECISION
Many experts also see the budget translating to funding cyber “co-development” projects between the government and the private sector. Cybersecurity in Canada would be provided for by Canadian information and technology companies, which in turn would work with the federal government to develop both hardware and software solutions.

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Microsoft #adds #voice to #calls for #federal #cybersecurity #agency

Source: National Cyber Security News

Software giant Microsoft has added its voice to a growing chorus calling for the creation of a federal cybersecurity agency to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to nation-state and cyber criminal threats.

In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Trustworthy Computing, Paul Nicholas, called on the U.S. and other nations to replace ad-hoc efforts to address cyber threats by creating a “single national cybersecurity agency” that will pull together key government functions related to information security and “ensure policies are prioritized across the nation.”

The recommendation, which Microsoft described in a whitepaper (PDF), comes amid increasing concern that events are overtaking governments, leaving the world vulnerable to catastrophes that may have their origins in activities that take place on the Internet. Speaking in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, U.N. Secretary Antonio Guterres called for the creation of global rules that minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilian populations.

“Episodes of cyber warfare between states already exist. What is worse is that there is no regulatory scheme for that type of warfare, it is not clear how the Geneva Convention or international humanitarian law applies to it,” Guterres said in the speech, which was given at the University of Lisbon, Reuters reported.

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Rep. Hurd #champions #modernizing federal #cybersecurity

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The federal government is and will continue to be a target of cyber crimes. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a total of 1,093 data breaches in 2016. Mid-year numbers for 2017 show 791 incidents as of the end of June — a 29 percent increase over the same period in 2016. With that said, is the government doing enough to prepare for cyber threats?

On this episode of CyberChat, host Sean Kelley, former Environmental Protection Agency chief information security officer and former Veterans Affairs Department deputy chief information officer, spoke with Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) about initiatives to modernize the federal cybersecurity space.

Hurd serves the 23rd District of Texas and also serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

As the pioneer and champion of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, Hurd understands the government has countless challenges when it comes to cybersecurity. But with the MGT Act, he believes those challenges will decrease drastically by allowing agencies to put money in working capital funds to feed modernizing efforts. “A handful of agencies are already poised to be able to take advantage of this,” Hurd said.

If passed into law, the MGT Act would allow the integration of oversight of the working capital funds into the FITARA scorecards, which has been fully supported by the GAO.

Hurd believes equipping future generations with the right technical tools will greatly enhance abilities to fight future threats. The Cyber National Guard is one example. “If a high school student is interested in getting some type of degree related to cybersecurity, we’re going to try to find federal dollars for that. And if you take some federal dollars to go to school then when you graduate, you’re going to come work in the federal government for that same length of time,” Hurd said.

The Cyber Proving grounds is another example through which the private sector helps the federal sector by developing and proposing 30-, 60- and 90-day cyber solutions. “Being able to be nimble with having the private sector help us solve some problems that we’re dealing with in the federal government, is going to be a way to improve our cooperation,” Hurd said.

Quantum computing will be another big deal for the cyber world. “There’s a reason that other countries are hoarding encrypted data that’s basically gibberish now with the expectation that once they achieve quantum computing, they will be able to understand older secrets,” Hurd said.

The government should also be preparing for what Hurd called “Y2Q (Years to Quantum)” by developing partnerships. “We should be working with our allies on making sure that we develop [quantum computing], we get there first because it is it is it is going to be a game-changer. Now it’s not only just a threat, but an opportunity because it’s going to cause encryption to be turned on its head,” Hurd said.

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Man pleads guilty to federal charges of having child porn at his Boise home

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Nickolas James Parnell, 27, lived in Boise when computers and DVDs with thousands of child pornography images were seized from his residence on two occasions in the past year, but he …

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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

The federal government has conceded it can’t be certain public service departments are secure against major hacking attacks, as Malcolm Turnbull’s senior cyber adviser suggested Australia might have dodged the latest international crisis because it fell during the weekend. At least eight Australian businesses have been infected by the bug crippling some systems in Britain, Europe and the US, with …

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Fifteen arrested on federal identity theft charges

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Fifteen men accused of working illegally under false identities at a Louisiana construction site have been arrested, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston …

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The biggest cybersecurity threat facing federal agencies is legacy IT

The biggest cybersecurity threat facing federal agencies is legacy ITSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Improving our cyber posture is among the top priorities for the Trump administration. However, there are still many questions raised as to how they hope to achieve this goal. As we have seen over the past several years, high-profile hacks are practically the norm. Starting with […]

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STATE CIOS PUSH FOR FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP ON CYBERSECURITY

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STATE CIOS PUSH FOR FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP ON CYBERSECURITY

Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) are asking the federal government to strengthen its partnership with state-level technology officials when it comes to critical issues like cybersecurity. The advocacy session was part of NASCIO’s midyear conference currently underway in Washington D.C.

NASCIO members met with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration (SSA), FirstNet, and various strategic partners to emphasize the need for strong intergovernmental partnerships between the federal government and state governments. State CIOs heard from DHS Director of Federal Network Resilience Mark Kneidinger about federal resources available to states to combat cybersecurity threats. State CIOs also discussed cybersecurity and federal priorities with several association partners including the National Governors Association (NGA), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).

Additionally, as part of NASCIO’s advocacy effort to harmonize federal IT security regulations, representatives from the IRS and SSA joined NASCIO members to discuss ways to introduce efficiencies into the compliance process.

State governments administer federal programs to state citizens and as such must comply with federal information security regulations like those contained in “IRS Publication 1075” and SSA’s “Electronic Information Exchange Security Requirements and Procedures for State and Local Agencies Exchanging Electronic Information with the SSA.” State CIOs are responsible for meeting the IT security needs of state agencies that deliver government services and have asked representatives from both the SSA and IRS to work together on normalizing the security audit process.

“State CIOs recognize the importance of securing citizen data. We appreciate the intent behind federal information security regulations that aim to protect citizen information,” said NASCIO President and Connecticut CIO, Mark Raymond. “We look forward to ongoing and productive engagement with our federal partners.”

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Federal officials say their cybersecurity paradigm is changing

Federal officials say their cybersecurity paradigm is changingSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Technologies like cloud computing are changing the way federal agencies think about cybersecurity, with more emphasis on network resilience over perimeter security and an overriding need for automation, officials said Thursday. Cybersecurity today “comes down to automating your response. If … The post Federal officials say […]

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