Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Other Developments The Facebook Oversight Board has “upheld” Facebook’s decision to shutter former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram account. The Board stated Facebook needs to decide within six months on a penalty appropriate to Trump’s violations instead of the indefinite suspension it levied after the attack on the United States Capitol on 6 January … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (3 May 2021)

First, my first Lawfare article has been posted on data brokering and national security. Second this piece has been cross posted at The Wavelength, my subscription newsletter. Subscribe today if you want to receive these posts in your inbox. Other Developments President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union address and naturally touched … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (3 May 2021)

House Armed Services Digs Into Information Warfare

First, my first Lawfare article has been posted on data brokering and national security. Second this piece has been cross posted at The Wavelength, my subscription newsletter. Subscribe today if you want to receive these posts in your inbox. The House Armed Services Committee’s Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee conducted a 30 April … Continue reading House Armed Services Digs Into Information Warfare

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 April 2021)

Other Developments In response to new vulnerabilities turned up by FireEye, the United States (U.S.) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED) 21-03 “requiring federal civilian departments and agencies running Pulse Connect Secure products to assess and mitigate any anomalous activity or active exploitation detected on their networks.” Media accounts describe persistent … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (22 April 2021)

A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

The IC updates Congress on worldwide threats, and the Biden Administration responds to Russian hacks and election interference. On the second day the leaders of the United States (U.S.) Intelligence Community (IC) were testifying before Congress on the global threat landscape, the Biden Administration ratchets up the sanctions on the Russian Federation for the SolarWinds … Continue reading A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House has finally named its nominees to be the first National Cyber Director and the next Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director. In a statement, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that President Joe Biden’s intention “to nominate Chris Inglis as National Cyber Director and Jen Easterly as the Director … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made remarks on his “Vision for Cybersecurity Resilience” and outlined how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) will change their approach to public and private sector cybersecurity. Mayorkas provided a very high level preview of a previously promised forthcoming … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

U.S. Intelligence Community Again Finds Russian Efforts To Influence Election

The IC at the end of the Trump Administration found Russian interference in the 2020 election but did not assess the impact of these efforts. The IC also found Iranian and possibly PRC interference. The United States Intelligence Community (IC) released the assessment on foreign interference with the 2020 election and found that the Russian … Continue reading U.S. Intelligence Community Again Finds Russian Efforts To Influence Election

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

Other Developments The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) on the “Compromise of Microsoft Exchange Server.” The agencies stated:The FBI and CISA assess that nation-state actors and cyber criminals are likely among those exploiting these vulnerabilities. The exploitation … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (18 March 2021)

Other Developments Two provisions were attached to the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021” (H.R.1620) the House passed that would address the sharing of non-consensual sexual material. The fate of this bill is likely not positive in the Senate, however. Nonetheless, as summarized by House Majority Whip James Clyburn’s (D-SC) office:The amendment offered by … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (18 March 2021)