Cynthia Brumfield

Cynthia Brumfield is a veteran communications and technology analyst who is currently focused on cybersecurity. She runs a cybersecurity news destination site, Metacurity.com.

Biden memo, infrastructure deal deliver cybersecurity performance goals and money

18 new cybersecurity bills introduced as US congressional interest heats up

18 new cybersecurity bills introduced as US congressional interest heats up

The new bills, many with bi-partisan support, aim to increase cybersecurity funding, improve breach reporting, investigate cryptocurrencies, and more.

TSA issues second cybersecurity directive for pipeline companies

TSA issues second cybersecurity directive for pipeline companies

Experts applaud the agency's new, detailed security requirements for US pipeline operators but question how they will be enforced or monitored.

Biden administration, US allies condemn China's malicious hacking, espionage actions

Biden administration, US allies condemn China's malicious hacking, espionage actions

Global coalition calls on China to curtail its cyber activities. For the first time, the US blames China directly for ransomware attacks.

Biden Administration announces flurry of new anti-ransomware efforts

Biden Administration announces flurry of new anti-ransomware efforts

The defensive initiatives include a reward for information on nation-state actors and the formation of a new interagency ransomware task force.

NIST’s EO-mandated software security guidelines could be a game-changer

NIST’s EO-mandated software security guidelines could be a game-changer

While experts applaud the new security guidance, it's unclear whether software vendors will completely embrace and implement the needed security practices.

Ransomware talks: How Biden could push Putin to the table

Ransomware talks: How Biden could push Putin to the table

Under pressure to end the ransomware scourge, the White House faces strong headwinds. The problem: Putin has no motivation to change the status quo.

Proposed bill would create a new federal agency to protect consumer data

Proposed bill would create a new federal agency to protect consumer data

The Data Protection Act of 2021 has wide-ranging definitions of high-risk data practices and privacy harm.

NIST defines

NIST defines "critical software" with a broad range of security functions

The goal is to enable stronger security practices for government-purchased software mandated by President Biden's cybersecurity executive order.

Four states propose laws to ban ransomware payments

Four states propose laws to ban ransomware payments

Some state legislatures are debating bills that could limit or ban ransom payments. A better option, experts say, is mandatory reporting of ransomware attacks.

Government-mandated SBOMs to throw light on software supply chain security

Government-mandated SBOMs to throw light on software supply chain security

The US government will soon require vendors to provide a software bill of materials to help ensure integrity of an application's components.

US Congress tees up ambitious cybersecurity agenda in the wake of supply chain, ransomware attacks

US Congress tees up ambitious cybersecurity agenda in the wake of supply chain, ransomware attacks

Roughly 115 cybersecurity-related bills are working their way through the legislative process, in many cases with bipartisan support.

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