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NSF NSF Official: Sharing Data, Threat Intel Vital to Fighting Cyber Threats
Federal agencies are balancing evolving security requirements while defending against persistent threats, and the increased use of cyber threat intelligence and information sharing is helping government organizations make faster, more informed decisions to combat malicious activity, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) technology official.
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  1. Federal CISO DeRusha Previews Coming Security Policy Pushes
    Chris DeRusha, who wears the dual hats of Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy National Cyber Director for Federal Cybersecurity in the Office of the National Cyber Director, charted some near-term policy goals on the security front during a keynote address on May 19 at MeriTalk’s Cyber Central May 2022 – Mission: Cyber Resilience in-person conference.
  2. Cyber Central: Agencies Need to Approach Zero Trust Strategically
    As President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) stretches past its first year, Federal agencies are at varied points in their progress on the EO’s orders. Federal leaders say it is important for agencies to approach the EO’s zero trust components strategically and understand their networks as they make the move to a zero trust architecture.
  3. Industry Cyber Experts Share Elements to Success in Zero Trust
    Implementing an effective zero trust architecture within an agency’s security framework has become pivotal to achieving cyber resiliency within the Federal government. But to be successful in the implementation of a zero trust architecture there are several elements agencies must keep in mind, according to several cyber experts.
  4. Witnesses ask for More Resources to Protect Schools, Hospitals Against Cyberattacks
    As the health care and education sectors have become prime targets for cyberattacks, experts from those sectors expressed their needs on May 18 for more funding and Federal collaboration to better protect the cyber posture of schools and hospitals.
  5. House Panel Approves Financial Sector Cyber Bill
    The House Committee on Financial Services on May 17 voted to approve an amended version of H.R.7022 – the Strengthening Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector Act of 2022 – and send the bill to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
  6. CISA Issues Advisory on Poor Security Configurations
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on May 17 issued a new advisory highlighting how cyber threat-actors are exploiting poor security configurations.
  7. NASA Awards Booz Allen Hamilton $622M Cybersecurity Contract
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  8. Air Force Data/AI Chief Lays Out Priorities, AI Enabling JADC2
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  9. FCC Commits Another $50 Million to ECF Program
    The Federal Communications Commission on May 17 committed another $50 million to the Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) program to help schools expand broadband access and purchase of devices for students – moves that the agency hopes will help close the “homework gap” for students that don’t have access to reliable broadband service and devices.
  10. Event Logging Requirements Give Agencies Opportunity to Rethink Cybersecurity
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