The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is aware of a set of security vulnerabilities—known as Meltdown and Spectre—that affect modern computer processors. While we are not aware of any active exploitation at this time, these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to obtain access to sensitive information. Patching your operating system is the best way to protect yourself form these vulnerabilities.
Today, DHS and FBI released a pair of Joint Technical Alerts that provide details on tools and infrastructure used by North Korea to target the media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and globally.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works closely with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the electric sector to ensure the security, resilience, and reliability of the U.S. power grid. Additionally, many American utility providers have invested heavily in both cyber and physical security. While the U.S. power grid is highly resilient, it’s important for owners and operators of electric and other critical infrastructure sector assets to be aware of this particular threat and to implement mitigation steps that will reduce their vulnerabilities to similar cyber-attacks and other malicious activity employing these tactics, techniques, and procedures. To be clear, this threat applies to any sector that uses industrial control systems, not just the electric sector.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee along with one of our valued partners have been named as recipients of 2015 International Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)² U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA). These prestigious awards, presented annually by the ISC², recognize individuals and teams whose initiatives, processes, and projects have significantly improved the security posture of their federal, state, or local department or agency or the Federal Government as a whole.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity Dr. Phyllis Schneck addresses how DHS helps secure cyber infrastructure and responds to the persistent and emerging cyber threats to the U.S. homeland.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs (NPPD) Office of Cybersecurity & Communications U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Director Ann Barron-DiCamillo addresses DHS’ efforts to improve the cybersecurity posture and capabilities of civilian Federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.
By: Joe Jarzombek, Director for SwA, National Cyber Security Division
We’re taking a moment today to feature an important conference coming up at the end of the month. Yes, there are a lot of government conferences every year, and truthfully, we don’t spend a lot of time highlighting them. This blog wouldn’t be a blog anymore if we did; it would be a…well I don’t know, it would just be someplace where conferences are posted. The GFIRST National Conference, however, stands out as one we want to get on the radar for folks outside of the general government conference circuit.