Homeland Threat Assessment Finally Released

After a whistleblower filed a complaint, DHS released its assessment of threats to the U.S. and there is a gap between the acting Secretary’s views and the report itself on domestic violence and Russian interference with the election. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its first Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA) that … Continue reading Homeland Threat Assessment Finally Released

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 October)

Coming Events On 6 October, the House Administration Committee’s Elections Subcommittee will hold a virtual hearing titled “Voting Rights and Election Administration: Combatting Misinformation in the 2020 Election.”The United States’ Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that its third annual National Cybersecurity Summit “will be held virtually as a … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 October)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (29 September)

Coming Events The United States’ Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that its third annual National Cybersecurity Summit “will be held virtually as a series of webinars every Wednesday for four weeks beginning September 16 and ending October 7:”September 30: Diversity in CybersecurityOctober 7: Defending our DemocracyOne can register … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (29 September)

Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

Appropriations will, of course, be enacted, but when is the question. And along with bills to fund the U.S. government come policy direction. As Congress returns from an eventful summer recess, it is possible technology focused and related legislation is passed or advances towards passage before the body leaves Washington in late September. Yesterday, we … Continue reading Pending Legislation In U.S. Congress, Part II

NSA Location Data Guidance

The U.S. signals intelligence agency releases guidance on mobile device location services that should not shock anyone versed in cybersecurity. Why the agency did so is the question.    The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued guidance for those who work for the United States’ (U.S.) security services and military on how to limit their … Continue reading NSA Location Data Guidance

Coming and Recent Events (5 August)

Still on holiday, but just a quick post on some recent hearings of interest and some future ones of interest. Coming Events On 6 August, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an open meeting to likely consider the following items:C-band Auction Procedures. The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would adopt procedures for … Continue reading Coming and Recent Events (5 August)

NDAA Markup Finishes In House

The House’s NDAA was moved out of committee and it would alter a range of technology programs and initiatives at the Pentagon. The bill may be considered by the full House later this month. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these … Continue reading NDAA Markup Finishes In House

House Armed Services Begins Its Mark Up of NDAA; Senate Files Its NDAA

The House and Senate’s NDAAs are full of cyber-related language, including a number of CSC recommendations. First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. Two weeks after the Senate Armed Services Committees marked up its FY … Continue reading House Armed Services Begins Its Mark Up of NDAA; Senate Files Its NDAA

OMB Submits Annual FISMA Report On Federal Cybersecurity, Noting 8% Fewer Incidents

The federal civilian government’s cybersecurity metrics keep trending in positive directions, a development the Administration claims can be attributed to its policies.   First things first, if you would like to receive my Technology Policy Update, email me. You can find some of these Updates from 2019 and 2020 here. This week, the Office of … Continue reading OMB Submits Annual FISMA Report On Federal Cybersecurity, Noting 8% Fewer Incidents

GAO Finds DOD Failed To Follow Through On Its Cyber Hygiene Initiatives

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Department of Defense (DOD) has failed to fully implement three separate initiatives to instill better cyber hygiene across the Pentagon and its component agencies. This report necessarily throws into question how well the DOD can ride herd on its component agencies and service branches to force the … Continue reading GAO Finds DOD Failed To Follow Through On Its Cyber Hygiene Initiatives