Australia is considering sharing cyber intelligence with telecom operators. CISA push for municipal cybersecurity in the United States. No turn signals, please; we are British. The US GAO reviews federal cybersecurity progress.

In one look.

  • Australia is considering new forms of cyber intelligence sharing with telecom operators.
  • CISA push for municipal cybersecurity in the United States.
  • No turn signals, please; we are British.
  • The US GAO reviews federal cybersecurity progress.

Australia’s Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee is pushing for more structure in telecommunications cybersecurity.

In a report released on Tuesday, Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Intelligence and Security Committee (PJCIS) concluded that the country’s telecommunications operators, government agencies and security agencies need structured and classified ways to discuss threats to security, and that formal telecommunications cybersecurity standards should be established. Currently, explains iTnews, the Trusted Information Sharing Network is the main forum for sharing threat information, but the PJCIS recommends the establishment of a new mechanism that would allow the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to “inform telecommunications stakeholders on current and emerging threats to the highest classification level possible. Additionally, when it comes to cybersecurity standards, telecom organizations have adopted a “do their best” policy that leaves too much leeway for inconsistencies across the industry. The Committee advocates the creation of a working group that would allow ASIO and ASD to work together with representatives from the Ministries of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, and Home Affairs to ” establish agreed standards and best practice principles to inform the work of Cyber ​​and Infrastructure Security Center guidance and resources.

CISA is calling on the Texas mayor to lead the municipal cybersecurity movement.

In the ongoing effort to secure America’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) chief Jen Easterly is urging city leaders across the country to step in, and she’s asked the Mayor of Austin, Texas, Steve Adler, to lead the charge. “Everyone has seen the growing attacks and the growing visibility of attacks on cities – and on businesses. But they don’t really know what to do,” Adler told USA Today. “And from a local government perspective, they really don’t have the resources to meet the challenge.” This lack of resources makes city governments low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals, from low-level hackers to nation-state-backed threat actors. Easterly and Adler employ a two-pronged approach: first, help city officials understand that their cities are at risk, and second, support them with federal funding and direction. A recently approved infrastructure bill allocated $200 million this year and $1 billion in total over the next four years to local government cybersecurity, and Adler will lead CISA’s new cybersecurity advisory committee. , created in December to provide advice to municipal officials. Easterly and Adler say simple practices such as backing up data and implementing multi-factor authentication could prevent 90% of all critical infrastructure attacks, but it will take effort to get buy-in from local leaders . “It’s like making people wear seat belts,” Easterly said. “It’s second nature now, but it took a long time to require cars to have seat belts.”

Keep that digital trench coat closed.

(And, Mr. Carlos Danger, we’re looking at you. Metaphorically, we mean. We wouldn’t really look at you, if you know what we mean.) Cyberflashers now have even more reason to think twice before hit send. Under a new amendment to the Sexual Offenses Act 2003, cyberflashing, sending unsolicited nude photos, will become a crime in the UK. The President explains that initially the law was to be added to the Online Safety Bill, which is currently awaiting approval in the House of Commons. However, lawmakers fear the Online Safety Bill will never pass because it contains controversial legislation regarding digital pornography and has pushed for the Cyberflashing Act to be added to the existing Offenses Act. sex to speed things up. Justice Minister Victoria Atkins said: “…we fully understand the need for speed and, indeed, the desire of women and girls across the country to have the matter dealt with quickly and effectively.” The amendment states that perpetrators of cyberflashing can face up to two years in prison and will be added to the sex offender registry.

The GAO is reviewing the federal response to preventing cyber threats.

Following recent cyber incidents like SolarWinds and Microsoft server hacks that have exposed the federal government’s weak cybersecurity posture, the US Government Accountability Office offers an overview of the actions Congress and federal agencies are taking to prevent and mitigate future attacks. Highlights include planned improvements to the agency’s reporting and assessment process under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) and the formation of two temporary cyber coordination groups unified to assist in the investigation of incidents.

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