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Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
Threats

US Charges Six Russians with Major Cyberattacks

U.S. officials said a new indictment describing a four-year global conspiracy belies the country’s recent offer to reset relations in cyberspace.

Policy

FBI Feeds Intel to DoD for Offensive Cyber Ops, Director Tells Congress

Wray's new cyber strategy, rolled out earlier this month, aims to “impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries.” 

Threats

N. Korean Hackers Upgraded Their Financial-Theft Tools, Feds Warn

The BeagleBoyz — tied to Pyongyang’s General Reconnaissance Bureau — are thought to have stolen some $2 billion since 2015.

Policy

Some Federal Agencies Worry About Proposal to Welcome White-Hat Hacking

A draft CISA directive asks civilian agencies not to punish outsiders who probe their systems.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Aims to Support More Sensitive Telework By Year's End

The Defense Department is also in “an active conversation” about sustaining telework post-pandemic, according to Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy.

Science & Tech

The Pentagon's Platform One Offers an Ambitious Model for the Future of Software

In an interview, the Air Force’s chief software officer described the potential for a profound transformation for cybersecurity.

Threats

Justice Official Explains Why Law Enforcement is Worried about 5G

As the government works to deploy next generation networking technology, policy discussions highlight rifts between agency stakeholders.

Threats

US, UK Officials Call for Russia to Stop Hacking COVID-19 Researchers

“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” a British official said.

Science & Tech

Defense Firms Unlikely to Win Extension to Purge Banned Chinese Tech

Armed Services Chairman Rep. Adam Smith is asking GAO to report on compliance, as companies ask for more time.

Science & Tech

Intelligence Bill Seeks Faster Clearance Reviews, Other Reforms

The bill would also allow the government to give “derogatory information” about individual contractors to their companies.

Threats

China Is Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation, CISA Warns

The agency also cautioned against dangerous suggestions—such as ingesting bleach—as cures for the disease.

Science & Tech

Zoom or Not? NSA Offers Guidance for Choosing a Videochat App

The crypto agency has a list of questions for federal employees and contractors to ask as they choose a collaboration tool.

Policy

The Pentagon's Spectrum Defeat May Presage a Loss of Other Key Frequencies

Rejecting appeals by Defense officials and their Congressional allies, the FCC approved a private company's use of spectrum near ones used by GPS.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Seeks Continuous Monitoring of Defense Contractors' Cybersecurity

A new monitoring system is just part of a larger plan that will end defense contractors' ability to "self-certify" their compliance with DoD cyber standards.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Isn't Following the Cyber Steps It Asks from Suppliers, GAO Says

The Defense Department has yet to fully implement multiple initiatives to track and improve cyber defenses.

Policy

OMB Says 'Work From Home.' But Some Defense Contracts Say Workers Can't

Industry association pushes for the administration to issue guidance for flexibility and greater use of contractors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Threats

Stop Hiding Vulnerabilities Found By Red Teams, Joint Staff to Tell Military

Eight years after DoD's inspector general found that problems found by red teams often went unfixed, a new instruction seeks to change that.

Science & Tech

Expect 75 Recommendations to Improve Security, Plus Proposed Laws, from Congress' Cyber Commission

Rep. Jim Langevin says he and his fellow commissioners will propose streamlining Congressional oversight, incident reporting by industry, and more.