CISA and FBI issue alert on Iranian cyber threat



CISA and FBI issue alert on Iranian cyber threat
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint alert regarding Iranian-based cyber threats on Tuesday, September 15.  According to the alert, “CISA and FBI are aware of a widespread campaign from an Iran-based malicious cyber actor targeting several industries mainly associated… Read More

Energy, DoD, DHS develop new disaster relief vehicle



Energy, DoD, DHS develop new disaster relief vehicle
The Department of Energy, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, announced on September 15 that it has awarded Cummins, Inc. approximately $1 million to develop a new disaster relief vehicle. The federally-funded H2Rescue is a hydrogen fuel cell truck that was designed to meet the needs… Read More

CISA, FBI warn of China-affiliated hackers



CISA, FBI warn of China-affiliated hackers
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint alert regarding cyber threats to government systems on Monday, September 14.  According to the alert, CISA has “consistently observed Chinese Ministry of State Security-affiliated cyber threat actors using publicly available information sources and… Read More

CTO speaks of “whole-of-government commitment” to AI



CTO speaks of “whole-of-government commitment” to AI
Michael J.K. Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, spoke with Nand Mulchandani, Acting Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at DoD, during a “Fireside Chat” on September 10. The chat was part of the 2020 Department of Defense… Read More

DoD and partners promote readiness, protect the environment



DoD and partners promote readiness, protect the environment
A recent report details efforts by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture to strengthen military readiness and protect the environment. The 2020 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishment Report was published on August 26, and reviews projects carried out during fiscal year 2019. According to… Read More

Acting DHS secretary delivers “State of the Homeland”



Acting DHS secretary delivers “State of the Homeland”
On Wednesday, September 9, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. “While much has changed since the Department was created after 9/11, one thing remains constant: the dedicated men and women of DHS who rise to meet every threat with… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security
On September 7, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy was joined by former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever on a new episode of “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode is a departure from the podcast’s typical format. Instead… Read More

White House releases new Space Policy Directive



White House releases new Space Policy Directive
The White House released a new policy regarding the protection of U.S. space systems on September 4. Space Policy Directive-5, or SPD-5, focuses on space systems that enable communication, navigation, weather monitoring, and other capabilities vulnerable to cyberattacks. “Through establishing cybersecurity principles for space systems, Space Policy Directive-5 provides a… Read More

National Preparedness Month: disasters don’t wait



National Preparedness Month: disasters don’t wait
September is National Preparedness Month, a time to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, the wildfires in the west, and other natural disasters, it’s especially important… Read More

CISA, others warn of North Korean bank hackers



CISA, others warn of North Korean bank hackers
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) have issued a joint technical alert about an ongoing bank robbery scheme perpetrated by North Korea. According to the alert released on August 26, North Korean hackers… Read More