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05/26/2020
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Is anyone doing information sharing right? How hard is DHS watching hackers who are going after coronavirus vaccine information? What's going on in the UK with Huawei? Welcome back, this is CyberScoop for Tuesday, May 26.

It doesn't have to be hard

Everyone has read over and over again about how important information sharing is for cybersecurity. The idea is certainly not new. It’s definitely not cool. It’s also hard. No one has completely nailed it even after talking about it for decades. In this op-ed, Neil Jenkins, the Cyber Threat Alliance's chief analytic officer, writes how his organization is trying to make it work so everyone can stop reading about it and use it for their own good. Read the full op-ed here.


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CISA doubles down

DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency bills itself as “the nation’s risk adviser,” and tries to lead by example. Right now, one of the critical risks facing the country is foreign hackers targeting institutions researching a coronavirus vaccine. On Friday, a top CISA official, Bryan Ware, assured industry executives that his agency was doing everything it could to protect those institutions during the pandemic. “I just want you to know that we have stepped up our protections of HHS and CDC,” Ware said. He also reflected on how the viral outbreak forced his agency to address the unanticipated threat. Sean Lyngaas has more.


More calls for a digital ceasefire

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the nonprofit CyberPeace Institute on Tuesday called for governments to rein in hackers who are attacking hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent cyberattacks on medical organizations have endangered people’s lives, says the letter signed by former world leaders, Microsoft President Brad Smith, and Eugene Kaspersky. “For now and for the future, governments should assert in unequivocal terms: cyber operations against health care facilities are unlawful and unacceptable,” the letter says. It’s the latest call for a digital ceasefire, which looks to be nowhere in sight. Read the letter here.


A British about-face on Huawei?

U.S. officials ruing Britain’s tolerance of Huawei may have reason to cheer. The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre is reassessing the country’s ability to deploy Huawei telecommunications gear following new sanctions on the Chinese company from the Trump administration. The British government had previously agreed to allow Huawei equipment in up to 35% of the country’s 5G networks. Where a fierce lobbying campaign from U.S. officials fell short, U.S. sanctions may be more effective. Sean has more.


Speaking of 5G...

The Department of Defense’s new strategy for 5G wireless technology does not mention China or any of its telecommunications companies by name, but it’s clear that the document was written with more than the U.S. armed forces in mind. The DOD sees 5G broadband coverage as a “critical strategic technology” that private industry must aggressively develop with geopolitics in mind. To help the U.S. telecommunications industry win the battle of the networks, the military has already offered its bases as testing grounds for U.S companies and launched other programs to “accelerate” 5G development. FedScoop's Jackson Barnett has more on the strategy.


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