At a glance.
- US Cyber Command optimistic about military networks' defense against Holiday Bear.
- HACT Act would let Americans sue foreign cyber threat actors.
- ITU's current thoughts on cybersecurity.
- New appointments in US Administration include some Big Tech skeptics.
Cyber Command says DoD networks are (probably) clear of Holiday Bear.
But that's not for lack of Holiday Bear's trying.
US Cyber Command Executive Director Dave Frederick yesterday announced that, “To date, there’s no evidence of a compromise in [Defense Department] networks because of the SolarWinds attack,” The Record reports. “The layers of defense we had in place prevented the adversary from advancing from the toehold they had,” Frederick added. CyberCom is currently assembling “options” for the Biden Administration’s response to the gate crasher.
HACT Act would let Americans sue foreign hackers.
SecurityWeek says the newly reintroduced Homeland and Cyber Threat (HACT) Act would enable US citizens to sue foreign states and officials for damages when injured by foreign cyberattacks. Sanctioned behaviors include malware attacks, providing “material support” to hackers, “unauthorized access to…electronic information,” and “unauthorized use” of pilfered data.
International Telecommunications Union discusses cybersecurity.
The United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is consulting with state and industry leaders about evolving implementation of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), according to Mirage News. The GCA was formulated in 2007 around “legal measures, technical and procedural measures, organizational structures, capacity building, and international cooperation.”
One priority of the ITU is building member states’ cyber capacities. To this end, the ITU maintains the Global Cybersecurity Index, and has run approximately 30 international cyber drills. The Union has also issued more than two-hundred security standards, and is examining emerging technologies like anti-spam machine learning and quantum key distribution.
Federal appointments to include another Big Tech skeptic?
Gadgets360 claims President Biden’s expected nomination of Columbia University law professor Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission signifies “an aggressive antitrust stance.” Khan previously contributed to a House report urging Big Tech breakups and published an article on Amazon’s market dominance.
The Administration has also selected US Digital Service, Office of Personnel Management, and private sector veteran Clare Martorana as Chief Information Officer, according to Federal News Network. Fast Company says her responsibilities will include “bolstering the federal government’s cybersecurity, modernizing IT systems, and making government websites more accessible for all citizens.”