CNN: How Russian threats in the 2000s turned this country into the go-to expert on cyber defense

CNN: How Russian threats in the 2000s turned this country into the go-to expert on cyber defense. “When people like the German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the King of Belgium want to learn more about cybersecurity, they go to Estonia. The Baltic country runs on the internet. From filing taxes and voting, to registering the birth of a new baby, nearly everything a person might want or need from the government can be done online. It’s an approach that’s incredibly convenient for Estonia’s 1.3 million people — but it also requires high level of cybersecurity.”

Wired: A New Tool Wants to Save Open Source From Supply Chain Attacks

Wired: A New Tool Wants to Save Open Source From Supply Chain Attacks. “RUSSIA’S HISTORICALLY DESTRUCTIVE NotPetya malware attack and its more recent SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign have something in common besides the Kremlin: They’re both real-world examples of software supply chain attacks. It’s a term for what happens when a hacker slips malicious code into legitimate software that can spread far and wide. And as more supply chain attacks emerge, a new open source project is angling to take a stand, making a crucial safeguard free and easy to implement.”

NBC News: 50,000 security disasters waiting to happen: The problem of America’s water supplies

NBC News: 50,000 security disasters waiting to happen: The problem of America’s water supplies. “…of all the country’s critical infrastructure, water might be the most vulnerable to hackers: the hardest in which to guarantee everyone follows basic cybersecurity steps, and the easiest in which to cause major, real-world harm to large numbers of people.”

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine: New state website pushes available jobs, resources in cybersecurity

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine: New state website pushes available jobs, resources in cybersecurity. “Cyberseek Indiana was launched to address the rise in cybersecurity threats and attacks. State officials want the online resource to close the cybersecurity skills gap in Indiana and create new job opportunities…. The state said the website has information about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market, heat maps showing locations of jobs and apprenticeships, and contacts for training providers.”

AP: The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved

AP: The big Pentagon internet mystery now partially solved. “A very strange thing happened on the internet the day President Joe Biden was sworn in. A shadowy company residing at a shared workspace above a Florida bank announced to the world’s computer networks that it was now managing a colossal, previously idle chunk of the internet owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. That real estate has since more than quadrupled to 175 million addresses — about 1/25th the size of the current internet.”

CNN: Biden administration unveils effort to strengthen cybersecurity of power grid

CNN: Biden administration unveils effort to strengthen cybersecurity of power grid. “The Biden administration kicked off a 100-day effort on Tuesday to beef up cybersecurity in the nation’s power grid, calling for industry leaders to install technologies that could thwart attacks on the electricity supply. The move follows a high-profile, if unsuccessful, cyberattack in Florida that sought to compromise a water treatment plant, which highlighted some of the cybersecurity vulnerabilities in America’s critical infrastructure.”

Politico: Letter: Top federal watchdog probing State Department following hacks

Politico: Letter: Top federal watchdog probing State Department following hacks. “The Government Accountability Office is conducting a wide-ranging probe into the department’s cybersecurity practices following several hacks on the department’s email system over the last decade, according to the documents and people familiar with the matter. Just last week, POLITICO revealed that suspected Russian hackers stole thousands of emails from the department in recent months.”

Politico: ‘Time is not on our side’ — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar

Politico: ‘Time is not on our side’ — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar. “The failure to fill the role, which would be responsible for coordinating the entire U.S. government’s defensive cyber operations, comes as the new administration grapples with how to kick suspected Russian and Chinese hackers out of federal cyber infrastructure following two major breaches. And it lays bare the challenges in setting up a brand new agency that could encroach upon some power centers in the White House, particularly the National Security Council.”

EurekAlert: COVID-19 related cyber-attacks leveraged government announcements

EurekAlert: COVID-19 related cyber-attacks leveraged government announcements. “There has been a remarkable surge in cyber-security crime experienced during the global COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular significance between governmental policy announcements and cyber-crime campaigns. A consortium of researchers, including WMG, University of Warwick report that some days as many as 3 to 4 new cyber-attacks were being reported.”

Brookings: How African states can improve their cybersecurity

Brookings: How African states can improve their cybersecurity. “African states and regional bodies have taken initial steps toward implementing a continent-wide strategy to improving cyber-resiliency, but the vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic requires these efforts to be accelerated by building the institutional and coordinating mechanisms to better mitigate cybersecurity threats.”

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report, Including COVID-19 Scam Statistics

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report, Including COVID-19 Scam Statistics. “The 2020 Internet Crime Report includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. State-specific statistics have also been released and can be found within the 2020 Internet Crime Report and in the accompanying 2020 State Reports.”