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Bipartisan bill could bring back the White House national cyber director role

Cyberspace Solarium Commission leaders introduce the National Cyber Director Act to reintroduce cybersecurity expertise into the White House.

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Data security risks threaten approval of Chinese undersea cable plan

The US government's "Team Telecom" wants to partially deny a proposed undersea cable connection between the US and Hong Kong over surveillance, data theft concerns.

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Critical flaws in embedded TCP/IP library impact millions of IoT devices across industries

The memory corruption flaws exist in a wide range of commercial and consumer devices, and can allow full takeover of them.

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Senate subcommittee blasts FCC and Team Telecom approach to Chinese supply chain threats

A report claims that oversight of Chinese telecoms for security threats to the US communications supply chain is lacking and without adequate authority.

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Executive order boots “foreign adversaries” from US electric grid over security concerns

White House action implies that China is "creating and exploiting" vulnerabilities in the US power grid. Experts say hardware backdoors have the potential for doing significant damage.

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Attempted cyberattack highlights vulnerability of global water infrastructure

Water utilities often have few cybersecurity resources and are subject to few regulations. A failed Stuxnet-like attack on Israel's water supply shows how dangerous that could be.

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No election security funding in latest round of stimulus funding

Doubts raised about funding for 2020 election security and mail-in voting as money omitted from the latest stimulus bill.

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Mail-in ballots during COVID crisis necessary, but with risk says expert

Noted election security researcher Harri Hursti says mail-in voting is likely the only option for a safe, secure US presidential election, but voter and election worker training needed.

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Cyberspace Solarium report calls for layered cyber deterrence, defend forward strategy

The intergovernmental commission outlines the steps needed to defend the United States from modern cybersecurity threats.

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4 ways 5G will change your enterprise threat model

The benefits that fifth-generation cellular networks will enable come with security risks that organizations need to pay attention to right now.

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5G security is a mess. Could digital certificates help?

5G inherited security vulnerabilities from earlier mobile technology, but digital certificates might solve the issue of unauthenticated messages.

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Presidential campaigns taking email security more seriously--not so much at the local level

DMARC now protects the email domains for most U.S. presidential candidates, according to a new report, but local election bodies lag behind and are vulnerable to spoofing.

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On the 2020 Congressional cybersecurity agenda: Critical infrastructure, copyright exemptions

Despite the distraction of an election year, Congress is expected to give the Department of Homeland Security tools to identify critical infrastructure threats and copyright exemptions to security researchers.

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Implementation flaws make LoRaWAN networks vulnerable to attack

New report from IOActive details implementation errors that expose LoRaWAN networks to attack and provides a framework for mitigating the risk.

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Insecure configurations expose GE Healthcare devices to attacks

The six high-risk vulnerabilities result from hard-coded or no credentials in remote access software and the use of outdated applications.

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How the Tour de France secures its broadcast from disruption

Few sporting events have the scale and logistics challenges that the Tour de France presents. Event organizer ASO uses the cloud and tight physical security to avoid cyberattacks and broadcast integrity.

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US elections remain vulnerable to attacks, despite security improvements

Continued Russian interference, insecure paperless voting processes will sow doubt about the next election despite some security improvements.

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2020 outlook for cybersecurity legislation

Here's a rundown of all the security-related bills working their way through this year's U.S. Congress, plus some hot security topics likely to be debated.

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