20 Feb 2020

U.S. Government Issues Powerful Cyberattack Warning As Gas Pipeline Forced Into Two Day Shut Down

The US government has issued a warning after a major cyberattack hit a gas compression facility, forcing the operation to shut down as the facility struggled to recover. According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), the attack involved ransomware and targeted a natural gas facility, however, the location of

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07 Feb 2020

Election Security Initiatives are Falling Short According to New Government Report

The Government Accountability Office has warned that CISA planning is falling short of what is needed to secure the 2020 Presidential election.  Delays in developing strategic and operational plans and a lack of staff focused on election security initiatives makes it likely that election security mission aspirations will fall short.  Notably, GAO warns that “CISA will not be well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of 2020 election activities.”

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16 Dec 2019

New bill gives this Homeland Security agency authority to get ISP info

A new bipartisan bill introduced on December 12 would grant the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber unit access to ISP information on customers that CISA has identified as “operating vulnerable critical infrastructure.” The CISA would also have the ability to subpoena ISPs for customer information. The CISA would obtain the

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18 Nov 2019

US Govt Recommends Vendor System Configs To Block Malware Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminded users last week to property configure systems to defend against malware. CISA published the document through the US National Cyber Awareness System, which is designed to keep users updated on current security threats. The agency recommended installing and

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08 Oct 2019

US And UK Governments Issue Update Now Warning For Windows, macOS And Linux Users

The US National Security Agency (NSA), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that falls under the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are all warning that Windows, macOS And Linux Users relying on certain Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications are at

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28 Aug 2019

US officials fear ransomware attack against 2020 election

The US Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is a division of the Homeland Security Department, has launched an initiative to help state election officials improve the security of voter registration databases in order to prevent ransomware attacks in the period leading up to the 2020 presidential election. CISA aims

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26 Aug 2019

CISA Outlines Agency’s Strategic Intent

The newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)has released a strategic intent document outlining the agencies role in protecting U.S. critical infrastructure and cyberspace.  It is important for OODA Network Members to track the emergent roles and responsibilities of this agency as it will be a critical component of cyber and infrastructure security moving forward. 

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23 Aug 2019

CISA Chief Unveils Vision for Federal Cybersecurity

Federal civilian agencies shouldn’t have to fend for themselves when it comes to managing cyber risk, Chris Krebs said on Thursday. According to the Director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the current arrangement is “not a particularly defensible posture,” and may therefore see a complete overhaul

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18 Jun 2019

US Govt Achieves BlueKeep Remote Code Execution, Issues Alert

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is urging users to patch the highly critical BlueKeep security flaw (CVE-2019-0708) that impacts Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) implementations on older Windows operating systems. The agency, which operates under Department of Homeland Security oversight, issued the alert after achieving remote code execution on

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07 Mar 2019

New CISA director outlines top 5 priorities for protecting U.S. critical infrastructure

Christopher Krebs, the head of the newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined 5 priorities for how the agency plans to protect critical infrastructure. The first priority is to prevent tech firms from hostile countries such

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