The Biden administration has released an executive order in response to recent supply chain attacks with an immediate focus on securing federal networks through prevention and mitigation measures and incentivizing the commercial software market to improve its security practices.
Groups from the electricity and water sectors are citing the high-profile Colonial Pipeline and recent water system hacks in urging new funding and other cybersecurity measures, with pending infrastructure improvement legislation seen as a potential vehicle for securing different aspects of critical infrastructure.
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is asking the White House for information on the creation of an interagency group formed to address the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, in a bipartisan letter along with other Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure committee leaders with cybersecurity oversight roles.
Training committee chair Ben Tchoubineh this week departs the accreditation body responsible for establishing an assessment ecosystem for the Pentagon’s cyber certification program, and says he’s leaving behind a solid foundation for the training of assessors and the preparation of future instructors.
FERC Chairman Richard Glick and Commissioner Allison Clements are calling for new cybersecurity regulation for pipelines in the aftermath of the Colonial Pipeline hack, while the American Petroleum Institute is pointing to cyber efforts already underway in the sector and urging regulators to hold off.
Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants the Senate to vote this month on a legislative package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive with China, though the legislation faces an uncertain future in the House, where the Republican Study Committee has raised issues with the centerpiece of the package.