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Feds Set Roadmap for SLTTs in Ransomware Fight

Federal officials urged state and local government and education leaders this week to focus on some of the Federal government’s top existing resources in the fight against ransomware attacks – including one principle that’s easy to say but harder to do – don’t meet ransom demands.

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GAO: Feds Could Improve Collaboration When Helping SLTTs With Ransomware Attacks

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Federal agencies are successfully helping state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments prevent and respond to ransomware attacks; however, there is still room to improve collaboration. The GAO offered three recommendations for Federal agencies to improve collaboration.

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CISA Orders Agency Actions on Asset Visibility, Vulnerability Detection

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a binding operational directive (BOD) that sets baseline requirements for Federal civilian agencies to identify assets and vulnerabilities on their networks, and to provide data to CISA on those assets and on vulnerability detection.

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Biden, NCD, CISA Kick Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month

President Biden has declared October 2022 as Cybersecurity Awareness Month – making it the 19th consecutive year of that designation.

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CISA Rolls Out Protective DNS Offering to Federal Agencies

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced this week that its Protective Domain Name System (DNS) – the agency’s latest shared service offering – is available to all Federal civilian agencies to enhance their cyber defenses.

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Bill Adding CISA to Open Source Security Beat Heads to Senate Floor

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 approved by voice vote the Securing Open Source Software Act, which aims to put more Federal government muscle behind protecting open source software following the emergence of the Log4J vulnerability late last year.

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CISA, NSA Release Guidance for Securing ICS, OT

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) released a new cybersecurity advisory on September 22 to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure better protect operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) assets from the increasing probability of cyberattacks.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Protect Open Source Software

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced bipartisan legislation on Sept. 22 that aims to protect open-source software in response to issues raised by the Log4j vulnerability that emerged in December 2021.

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