Policy

The Pentagon gets a cyber czar

Upon confirmation, the new assistant defense secretary for cyber policy will oversee spending on network operations, outreach to industry, and more.

Threats

Cyber Force? Report argues for new armed service

The study, which involved interviews with active-duty and retired U.S. military officers, calls for an independent Cyber Force with 10,000 people.

Threats

Government was third-largest ransomware target last year: FBI

And scams that feature impostors posing as government officials are on the rise.

Policy

Top Pentagon IT official departs deputy CIO role

Lily Zeleke will be taking over “new responsibilities” at the agency, though it’s still unknown what her new position is.

Defense Systems

Biden to sign executive order boosting cybersecurity of ports, maritime vessels

The order empowers the Coast Guard to shore up cyber protections for maritime systems and harden current cyber incident reporting rules.

Threats

As adversaries harness AI, tech firms peer through chat logs to catch them

A Microsoft-Open AI report announces the beginning of a new era—and raises unanswered questions about privacy and transparency.

Policy

Section 702 surveillance could be renewed in funding bill, sources say

Backers may point to classified intelligence to convince colleagues to support the renewal of the controversial warrantless spying power.

Threats

Expect China to attack US infrastructure within 3 years, MITRE CTO says

The US needs to figure out how to disconnect its industrial-control systems from its networks—and fast, says a top leader of the defense R&D not-for-profit.

Threats

Read CISA's security checklist for election offices

From foreign interference to domestic extremists, state and local election officials face more threats than ever.

Threats

How the FBI hamstrung a Chinese hacker group

U.S. operatives tricked its botnet into deleting malware from hundreds of networked devices, a cybersecurity firm reports.

Business

DHS, FBI could search hacked networks under 'problematic' proposal

Industry is balking at several proposed acquisition rules intended to shore up cyber defenses.

Threats

Expect ‘AI versus AI’ conflict soon, Pentagon cyber leader says

Artificial intelligence will usher in the next phase of cyber warfare, enabling new tools and new takes on classic attacks, officials and experts say.