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An information sharing law could solve one of the oldest problems in infosec. Meta attributes a sprawling information operation to members of the U.S. military. And Idaho has a new program for white-hat hackers. This is CyberScoop for Nov. 23.

Reporting law could be boon for data sharing

Government and industry have long struggled with cybersecurity information sharing, but the cyber incident reporting measure passed earlier this year by Congress could be the best chance yet to improve the flow of data between companies and government — if the Department of Homeland Security can get the details right. Without data from the private sector, government officials say they’re blind to the full extent of nation-state cyberattacks such as the SolarWinds intrusion. Meanwhile, industry complains that intelligence from federal agencies often comes weeks too late. The Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 may offer a mechanism to provide both sides with timely and actionable intelligence. But, experts say, that ultimately rests on how the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency writes rules to implement it. Christian Vasquez reports.

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Meta points finger at U.S. military for info op

People associated with the U.S. military were behind dozens of phony Facebook accounts, more than a dozen pages, a pair of groups and 26 Instagram accounts that pushed pro-U.S. messaging while attempting to hide their real identities, Facebook’s parent company Meta said in a report published Tuesday. Targeting audiences in the Middle East and Central Asia, the operation is believed to be one of the most extensive pro-Western influence operations ever documented. AJ Vicens has more.

Idaho's vulnerability disclosure policy

The Idaho secretary of state’s office last week became the fourth in the country to launch a vulnerability disclosure policy, giving white-hat hackers legal permission to poke and prod the office’s election-related websites for weaknesses. Under the new policy, security researchers will be allowed to inspect a set of five websites for potential or real security flaws, such as exposures of sensitive data, and report them to be remedied without fear of reprisal or threat of prosecution. The secretary’s office is working with the Center for Internet Security, which operates the federally funded Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center and will review reports submitted under the new policy. The goal is to have any confirmed vulnerabilities mitigated and disclosed within 120 days. Benjamin Freed reports for FedScoop.

The challenges in modernizing state IT

Cybersecurity, staffing shortages and budget constraints are challenging state government IT organizations as they attempt to modernize old systems, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Association of State Technology Directors. The report, conducted with the help of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, gathered data from IT officials in 38 states, where approaches and strategies varied but all were challenged by several common factors. Eighty-four percent said the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated their efforts (only 5% said it slowed efforts), and cybersecurity was the most commonly named challenge facing states’ existing applications, followed by limited product support and lack of flexibility. Colin Wood writes for StateScoop.

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