Trump budget: FBI would get an extra $61M to fight cybercrime and break encryption
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the federal government includes a proposed $1.5 billion for the Homeland Security Department to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from hackers and another $61 million for the FBI and Justice Department to track terrorist communications and combat cybercriminals.
U.S. oil and gas companies are ‘still trying to catch up’ on cybersecurity, experts say
Digital systems and internet networks belonging to U.S. oil and gas companies have increasingly come under attack from hackers in recent years, experts tell CyberScoop.
Former NSA director: It’s time to trash the federal cybersecurity hierarchy
Former NSA Director Keith Alexander told Senators Thursday that the government should undertake a massive reorganization effort that would consolidate some current cybersecurity responsibilities split between the FBI, Homeland Security Department, Defense Department and intelligence community, into a single entity.
Report: Electrical grid cybersecurity efforts across U.S. government are ‘fragmented’
Over the last four years, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have worked together to implement 27 different electrical grid resiliency programs, which are each designed to address a variety of security concerns.
Election-systems cybersecurity would take a hit under new House bill, experts say
A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, which seeks to terminate the Election Assistance Commission, or EAC, would hamper coordination efforts between state and federal officials at a time when cybersecurity concerns are top of mind, experts tell CyberScoop.
Congress is about to have a really challenging year on cybersecurity
2017 will be a banner year for cybersecurity in Congress and that isn’t necessarily a good thing, said House Intelligence Committee Staff Director Michael Bahar, “we have kicked off the year with a lot going wrong with Russia and its hacking.” While there are multiple probes by different committees, in both the House and Senate, to investigate Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election, those retrospective efforts are just the beginning of what will ultimately be a very busy year in Congress as lawmakers face a myriad of cybersecurity-related policy decisions.