Lawmakers Want to Expand DHS’ Cyber Monitoring Program to State and Local Governments & MicroSoft

September 4, 2019

by Jack Corrigan

Under a forthcoming bill, lawmakers also aim to make it easier for agencies to put the data collected under the program to good use.

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are trying to make the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program a permanent fixture in the government’s cybersecurity toolkit.

Launched in 2013 by the Homeland Security Department, the program offers agencies across government a full suite of cyber tools, dashboards and services. The tools and their associated sensors feed network data back to a central dashboard, which gives both agencies and Homeland Security officials a bird’s-eye view of the government’s cyber landscape.

Lawmakers want to make it easier for agencies to put data collected under the initiative to good use.

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are trying to make the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program a permanent fixture in the government’s cybersecurity toolkit.

Launched in 2013 by the Homeland Security Department, the program offers agencies across government a full suite of cyber tools, dashboards and services. The tools and their associated sensors feed network data back to a central dashboard, which gives both agencies and Homeland Security officials a bird’s-eye view of the government’s cyber landscape.

Lawmakers want to make it easier for agencies to put data collected under the initiative to good use.

Source:  https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2019/09/lawmakers-want-expand-dhs-cyber-monitoring-program-state-and-local-governments/159628/

S.2318 – Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

On May 7, hackers reportedly used an NSA tool called EternalBlue to freeze thousands of the Baltimore government’s computers. The attack shut down email and disrupted numerous government services, and it could ultimately cost the city more than $18 million to recover.

EternalBlue, which was stolen during a 2017 breach at NSA, exploited a previously disclosed bug in a Microsoft software package. The company issued a patch for the vulnerability more than two years ago, but because Baltimore never updated its software, the city remained susceptible to the attack.

Read more:  https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2019/05/nsa-deflects-blame-baltimore-ransomware-attack/157376/

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Microsoft exec gets new cyber job at DHS

March 23, 2017

by Shaun Waterman

Christopher Krebs, a cybersecurity policy executive for Microsoft and vice-chair of the National Cyber Security Alliance, started work this week as a senior counselor to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the first major cyber-policy appointment at the department.

Krebs “started at [the Department of Homeland Security] this week, as a senior counselor, and he’s generally working cyber issues,” DHS Spokesman David Lapan told CyberScoop via email.

Krebs, who has no relation to security blogger Brian Krebs, worked at the department as a policy advisor during the George W. Bush administration, according to his LinkedIn profile.

A former colleague said Krebs worked for Bob Stephan, when the retired Air Force colonel — now an executive with Alexandria, Va-based homeland security consultants CRA, Inc. — was DHS assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.

Krebs’ appointment, first reported by Politico, is one of a slew of new job announcements at DHS this week.

Monday, the White House said President Trump will nominate David Glawe to be DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis.

Glawe is a career official who is currently in charge of intelligence at U.S. Customs and Border Protection — the DHS agency that includes the customs and immigration officials that staff U.S. ports of entry and the Border Patrol that protects the frontier in between them.

Then Tuesday, the president named two assistant secretaries at DHS — Benjamin Cassidy for legislative affairs and Jonathan Rath Hoffman for public affairs.

Source:  https://www.cyberscoop.com/christopher-krebs-dhs-microsoft/

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