Public Sector Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 07-06-2018

DOD, GSA, NASA Move to Raise Purchasing Ceiling for Cyber Emergencies
The notice […] implements several provisions from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that increase the dollar threshold for agency purchases that are in support of federal efforts to respond to an emergency or a disaster. The 2017 NDAA added cyberattacks to the list of circumstances that warrant invoking the authority. Military and civilian federal acquisition councils declined to provide a definition for cyberattack, citing a lack of a clear statutory definition and a desire to provide policymakers with maximum flexibility.

Judge Slams Tacoma for not Releasing Stingray Records
A judge in Washington state has excoriated the Tacoma Police Department for withholding public records pertaining to its use of cell-site simulators, also known as stingrays. Back in 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state sued the TPD on behalf of four community leaders, arguing that the department has not adequately responded to their public records requests concerning the use of stingrays, which included asking for a blank form authorizing its use.

Hackers Implant Digital Grenades in Industrial Networks
Twice in the past eight months, federal authorities have issued public warnings that foreign hackers are seeking to penetrate the U.S. electric grid and other parts of national critical infrastructure. The intent: Insert digital grenades that are dormant until the hacker’s sponsor pulls the pin. […] “My intel team is tracking eight different teams that are targeting infrastructure around the world,” said Lee, 30, who spent five years working at the National Security Agency and the Pentagon’s Cyber Command before forming his company three years ago.

California’s Strict Internet Privacy Law has Far-reaching Implications
California’s new internet privacy law, which takes effect in 2020, deemed one of the strictest so far in the United States, could result in a business strategy which offers discounts in exchange for user data. gives residents the right to know what data is collected by companies like Google and Facebook and to request their information not be sold to third parties.

Critical Informatics Recognized by Gartner in the 2018 Market Guide for Managed Detection and Response Services
Critical Informatics has been recognized as a Representative Provider by Gartner Research in their 2018 Market Guide for MDR Services. I sat down with our marketing team and discussed the reasons we were included this year’s guide, as well as some of the upcoming trends I think we’re going to see in MDR Services to address increasing levels of cyber activity.

Florida Elections Supervisors Urged to Take Federal Help on Security
Florida election supervisors should take advantage of help from the Department of Homeland Security to make systems more secure, Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson wrote in a letter Monday. “County election boards should not be expected to stand alone against a hostile foreign government,” the lawmakers said in recommending “a wide range of services” from DHS to strengthen security. “We encourage you in the strongest terms to take advantage of those resources, and to let us know about your experience with DHS and FBI.”


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