Inside Cybersecurity

April 12, 2024

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By Jacob Livesay

The Institute for Security and Technology outlines steps to minimize ransomware threats in a new report explaining four lines of effort to help organizations bolster their security practices and prepare the government and private sector for a potential ban on ransom payments.

By Sara Friedman

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has reintroduced a bill designed to deter hackers from asking for large ransom payments and requiring financial institutions to take steps to notify the Treasury Department before making a payment.

By Sara Friedman

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering three introductory “courses” focused on NIST Special Publication 800-53, the agency’s massive catalog of security and privacy controls, and two associated publications.

By Jacob Livesay

The electric industry should consider how to better protect the systems that enable sharing of telemetry between control centers, according to a report detailing findings from the latest "GridEx" tabletop exercise led by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

By Sara Friedman

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has publicly released an emergency directive urging federal agencies to take specific actions to mitigate a campaign from Russia-backed threat group Midnight Blizzard.

By Sara Friedman

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the commission’s upcoming vote to reclassify broadband internet access services under Title II of the Communications Act is important to moving forward with cybersecurity regulations for internet service providers.

By Sara Friedman

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas argued for full funding in fiscal 2025 of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s request to build out the resources for mandatory cyber incident reporting as required by law, at a Senate Appropriations hearing.

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