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09/01/2022
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Google takes steps to keep brands' ads from appearing on Russian state-owned websites that are spreading disinformation. The Army creates an offensive cyber and space program office. And the Department of Veterans Affairs gets a new deputy CISO. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 1.

Google cuts off Russian sites from ad network

Google says it took additional steps in the past week so that brands would no longer see their ads on Russian state-owned websites that are a regular source of Ukraine war propaganda. The move comes after a software developer tweeted screenshots of ads from major Western companies placed through Google’s display advertisement service alongside headlines spreading disinformation about the war. The Twitter thread — posted on Aug. 24 by Braedon Vickers, a Singapore-based software engineer who builds tools to detect digital advertising trends — enraged disinformation experts, digital advertising watchdogs and U.S. senators who condemned Google for continuing to profit off of ads placed on Russian websites. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


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Army to create offensive cyber and space program office

The Army will create a new offensive cyber and space program office in 2023, spinning it off from its electronic warfare portfolio, according to officials. The new colonel-led, or O-6 level, program office will be under Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors and will be aptly called Program Manager Cyber and Space, officials told reporters at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Tuesday. It will migrate the offensive cyber programs and capabilities from the current portfolio of program manager Electronic Warfare and Cyber (EW&C) and also incorporate the highly sensitive space capabilities from Product Manager Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities. Currently, the offensive cyber portfolio is run by a lieutenant colonel, or O-5. Mark Pomerleau writes in FedScooop.


VA names Faith Roy as deputy CISO

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named Faith Roy as permanent deputy chief information security officer, FedScoop understands. In addition, she takes up the post of executive director for cybersecurity integrations, logistics and planning within the agency’s Office of Information Security. The dual appointment follows that of Lynette Sherill, who was earlier this week installed as the permanent chief information security officer at the agency. Roy took up her new responsibilities on Aug. 29 and news of her permanent appointment was announced this morning in an internal memo, which was obtained by FedScoop. John Hewitt Jones covers it in FedScoop.


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