Inside Cybersecurity

November 16, 2019

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The chairs of the House Homeland Security and Oversight committees are seeking expedited review of the appointments of Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, suggesting a string of DHS leadership moves may have violated federal law and the department's own rules.

A key member of Congress praised the Defense Department’s plan for upping the cybersecurity of military contractors as a move toward solving one of the most frustrating challenges in cyber policy -- a lack of metrics -- while a cyber advisor to small businesses encouraged the removal of any “roadblocks” facing the proposal.

The federal government is gradually shifting to a “risk management” approach to cyber -- epitomized by the creation of CISA and its National Risk Management Center last year -- but that effort lags behind the private-sector's embrace of “sophisticated” tools and must accelerate rapidly, says Larry Clinton, head of the industry-based Internet Security Alliance.

Members of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission voiced support for the Trump administration's efforts to block purchases of Huawei products based on concerns about the Chinese government's potential influence over U.S. networks, in announcing the commission's annual report on Thursday.

A senior Navy official said he “hopes” the service will have another cybersecurity readiness review to redeem itself following a largely critical March 2019 report commissioned by the Navy secretary.

Cyber Congress: Analysis

A Senate committee is highlighting cybersecurity issues to demonstrate its focus on the nation's business amid the tumult of an impeachment inquiry, while the appointment of a new acting chief at DHS didn't exactly calm those waters, and there's still no deal on long-term funding for Homeland Security, Defense and other departments.