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CYBER SECURITY – CISA Shares Tips To Keep Your Personal And Financial Data Safe This Holiday Shopping Season

WASHINGTON – This holiday season, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) hopes online shoppers will do their part help spread a cup of cyber cheer.  Today, CISA launched a series of resources aimed at helping Americans protect themselves when shopping online.  Remember that hackers are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses…

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CISA And FBI Urge Organizations To Be Vigilant To Ransomware And Cyber Threats This Holiday Season

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a cybersecurity reminder for public and private sector organizations to remain vigilant and take appropriate precautions to reduce their risk to ransomware and other cyberattacks leading up to and during the holiday season. This advisory is based on observations…

TECH NEWS: Authorities issue ransomware warnings for upcoming holidays
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TECH NEWS: Authorities issue ransomware warnings for upcoming holidays

TECH NEWS: Tierney – stock.adobe.com TECH NEWS: Ransomware Gangs are familiar with calendars and could target attacks around major holidays in order to take advantage people not working, according to a recent alert By Alex Scroxton, Security Editor Published: 22 Nov 2021 16: 36 US authorities have warned operators of critical national infrastructure (CNI) and…

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CYBER SECURITY – Enduring Security Framework Releases Part II Of Security Guidance For 5G Cloud Infrastructures

WASHINGTON – As part of the Enduring Security Framework (ESF), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published guidance today to mitigate cyber threats within 5G cloud infrastructure. Securely Isolate Network Resources examines threats to 5G container-centric or hybrid container/virtual network, also known as Pods. The guidance provides several aspects of…

CYBER SECURITY: CISA Launches The Infrastructure Dependency Primer To Strengthen Community Resilience
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CYBER SECURITY: CISA Launches The Infrastructure Dependency Primer To Strengthen Community Resilience

Original release date: November 19, 2021 WASHINGTON – Infrastructure is the backbone of communities, providing critical services and enabling essential functions such as health, safety, and economic growth. Understanding critical infrastructure dependencies and incorporating them into planning is key to the resilience of communities across the nation.  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announces today the Infrastructure Dependency Primer (IDP), developed to help state, local, tribal, and territorial planners and…

CYBER SECURITY: Launch Of Voluntary Chemical Security Program: ChemLock
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CYBER SECURITY: Launch Of Voluntary Chemical Security Program: ChemLock

Original release date: November 18, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announces today the launch of a new voluntary chemical security program called ChemLock. ChemLock is a voluntary program which provides no-cost services and tools to chemical facilities to help them better understand risks and improve their chemical security posture.  CISA ChemLock services include:  On-site chemical security assessments and assistance  ChemLock fact sheets, best practices, and guidance…

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CYBER SECURITY: CISA Releases Incident And Vulnerability Response Playbooks To Strengthen Cybersecurity For Federal Civilian Agencies

Effort Part of President Biden’s Executive Order to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity CISA Strongly Encourages Private Sector Partners to Review Playbooks to Improve Their Own Vulnerability and Incident Response Practices WASHINGTON – Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Federal Government Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks. Produced in accordance with Executive Order 14028, “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity,” the playbooks…

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CYBER SECURITY – CISA And State And Local Partners Test Emergency Response Plans At Chevron Salt Lake Refinery

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — On Tuesday, November 9, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held a tabletop exercise with the Chevron Salt Lake Refinery and other state and local partners to test plans for responding to a potential emergency at the refinery. “CISA routinely partners with industry and government to plan and practice…

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CYBER SECURITY: CISA Releases Directive On Reducing The Significant Risk Of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities

Establishes Priorities for Vulnerability Management and Provides an Impetus for Federal Agencies to Improve Vulnerability Management Practices WASHINGTON – Today the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 22-01, Reducing the Significant Risk of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities, to drive urgent and prioritized remediation of vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited by…

CYBER SECURITY: CISA And Partners Coordinate On Security, Combatting Misinformation For Election Day
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CYBER SECURITY: CISA And Partners Coordinate On Security, Combatting Misinformation For Election Day

Original release date: November 01, 2021 WASHINGTON – With elections in more than 30 states tomorrow, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will host an election situational awareness room to coordinate with federal partners, state and local election officials, private sector election partners, and political organizations to share real-time information and provide support as needed. While there is no specific, credible threat to election infrastructure, CISA stands ready to provide cyber incident response and expertise if needed. CISA encourages voters to turn to state…

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CYBER SECURITY – CISA Launches Infrastructure Security Month

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) kicks off Infrastructure Security Month today.  Throughout the month, the agency will use the theme “Build It In” to remind people of the importance of considering infrastructure security and resilience from design concept all the way through development and implementation.  Much of the nation’s critical infrastructure is…

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CYBER SECURITY – NSA And CISA Provide Cybersecurity Guidance To 5G Cloud Infrastructures

WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have published cybersecurity guidance to securely build and configure cloud infrastructures in support of 5G. Security Guidance for 5G Cloud Infrastructures: Prevent and Detect Lateral Movement is the first of a four-part series created by the Enduring Security Framework (ESF),…

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CISA Appoints Washington Secretary Of State Kim Wyman To The Senior Election Security Lead

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today announced that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will join the Biden Administration as CISA’s Senior Election Security Lead. As an expert on elections and experienced Secretary of State, her appointment speaks to the Agency’s dedication to working with election officials throughout the nation in…

RUSSIA NEWS: Russia’s Broad Cybersurveillance Operation Renews Despite Sanctions
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RUSSIA NEWS: Russia’s Broad Cybersurveillance Operation Renews Despite Sanctions

RUSSIA NEWS: Russia has renewed its broad cybersurveillance operation just months after President Biden placed sanctions against Moscow as a response to several spy operations it conducted around the globe. Microsoft said it recently notified more than 600 organizations that they had been the target of about 23,000 attempts to enter their systems.Credit… Eva Hambach/Agence…

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CYBER SECURITY – CISA Awards $2 Million To Bring Cybersecurity Training To Rural Communities And Diverse Populations

WASHINGTON – As part of its mission to recruit diverse cybersecurity talent and build the workforce of the future, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has awarded $2 million to two innovative organizations for development of cyber workforce training programs. The NPower and CyberWarrior organizations, which received the awards, will focus on the unemployed…

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CYBER SECURITY – CISA, FBI And NSA Issue BlackMatter Ransomware Advisory For Organizations To Reduce Attack Risk

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA) published a cybersecurity advisory today regarding BlackMatter ransomware cyber intrusions targeting multiple U.S. critical infrastructure entities, including two U.S. food and agriculture sector organizations. The advisory includes technical details, analysis, and assessment of this cyber threat,…

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CYBER SECURITY – CISA’s Office For Bombing Prevention Celebrates 15 Years Of Protecting The U.S. From Incidents Of Terrorism And Targeted Violence

WASHINGTON – Created in response to terrorism events around the globe, CISA’s Office for Bombing Prevention (CISA OBP) plays a leading role in protecting the United States against bombing incidents by enhancing security and resilience at all levels of government, across the private sector, and among the public. In 2006, Congress recognized the need for…

CYBER SECURITY: CISA Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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CYBER SECURITY: CISA Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month

CISA will Dedicate October to Encourage Everyone to be Cyber Smart WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) kicked off Cybersecurity Awareness Month today, following a proclamation by President Biden designating October as a time for the public and private sectors to work together to continue raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity…

CYBER SECURITY: CISA And Girls Who Code Announce Partnership To Create Career Pathways For Young Women In Cybersecurity And Technology
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CYBER SECURITY: CISA And Girls Who Code Announce Partnership To Create Career Pathways For Young Women In Cybersecurity And Technology

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced a new partnership today with Girls Who Code (GWC) to develop pathways for young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity and technology. This partnership will seek to tackle diversity disparities by working to heighten the awareness of cybersecurity and technology careers, and working with employers…

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CISA and State and Local Officials Host Virtual Exercise to Strengthen San Antonio’s Resilience to Widespread Flooding

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held a virtual tabletop exercise Tuesday and Wednesday with state and local emergency managers and other government officials, public utilities, business and community leaders to discuss the San Antonio area’s preparedness and resilience for significant flooding brought on by severe…

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