Hillicon Valley – Federal Government Focuses on Groups Critical to National Security



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Two key officials from the federal cybersecurity space closed out Cybersecurity Awareness Month on Friday by teasing the progress made in identifying critical infrastructure clusters to further protect against hackers, with their comments at come as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month is brewing.

Meanwhile, a Democratic senator introduced a new bill to help protect Americans’ data, and Apple has admitted it has become the latest victim of supply chain issues.

Let’s go.

To be critical or not to be

Federal and Congressional efforts to identify and further protect national security groups from cyber threats are gaining traction amid recent destructive ransomware attacks, officials said.

New program: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly said on Friday her agency had launched an effort to identify “primary systemically important entities” to protect against threats, often those that are critical to security. national continuity.

“We are prototyping a variety of different approaches in our national risk management center… functions,” Easterly said at a virtual event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

CISA’s efforts to identify organizations for further protection come as the country continues to face a wave of ransomware attacks that have at times destabilized key supply chains. These include the May ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, which resulted in gas shortages in several states for more than a week.

“Ransomware, really a bane that affects all of our lives every day,” Easterly said on Friday.

Similar to the existing invoice: Ranking member of the House Internal Security Committee John katkoJohn Michael Katko Now is the time to take stock of our cyber defenses New hacking efforts show Russia is not deterred by US actions The 9 Republicans who voted for Bannon to despise Congress MORE (RN.Y.) and Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis Spanberger Now is the time to take stock of our cyber defenses. Anti-Trump Republicans are targeting McCarthy, Scalise and other leading conservatives. (D-Go.) earlier this month presented the Act Respecting the Security of Critical Systemically Important Infrastructures. The bill would authorize the CISA to put in place a program to identify critical groups for protection, similar to what the agency is currently undertaking.

Katko, speaking at the same event on Friday, raised the possibility of his legislation being included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, especially since he is expected to sit on the committee for this year’s conference. on the defense package.

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New privacy bill on the block

Senator Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez Masto Infrastructure bill gives first responders a boost, wildland firefighters Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve presidents Nevada becomes first Senate battleground MORE (D-Nev.) Introduces legislation to strengthen data privacy protection for U.S. consumers.

The Digital Accountability and Transparency to Advance Privacy Act would apply standards to all data collection, processing, storage and disclosure, including for legitimate business or operational purposes.

New steps: The legislation would also prohibit businesses from discriminating against consumer data and engaging in deceptive data practices.

Consumers would have the right to request, dispute, transfer or delete data collected about them without compensation.

The law would require businesses to let consumers opt out of most personal data collections and require their consent for sensitive information, including precise health and geolocation data. Voluntary consent would also be required for the use of data for purposes outside the direct business-consumer relationship.

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NO MORE SUPPLY CHAIN ​​PROBLEMS

Apple says supply chain issues cost the company $ 6 billion in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

“We had a very good performance despite larger than expected supply constraints, which we estimate at around $ 6 billion,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. told CNBC.

“The supply constraints are due to much talked about industry-wide chip shortages and COVID-related manufacturing disruptions in Southeast Asia,” he added.

Despite supply chain issues, the company still made more than $ 83 billion in revenue, an increase of 29% from the previous year. Each of the company’s product categories also increased this year.

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AOC IS NOT A FAN

representing Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Progressives Win Again: No Infrastructure Vote Tonight Exxon CEO Says He Has Had Calls With Lawmakers Over Reconciliation Bill Lack of Trust Impairs Democratic Efforts to Achieve to a PLUS agreement (DN.Y.) had scathing words about Facebook’s decision to change its corporate name to Meta – a reference to a Facebook “metaverse”.

“Meta as in” we are a cancer for democracy that is metastasizing into a global surveillance and propaganda machine to strengthen authoritarian regimes and destroy civil society… for profit! “” the New York progressive wrote in a tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez quoted a media outlet on Twitter that included a video of the Facebook announcement in its post.

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PARTS

An editorial to chew on: It’s time to take stock of our cyber defenses

Lighter click: Happy Halloween

Notable Web Links:

Apples The most suffering The new product is not what you expect (The New York Times / Daisuke Wakabayashi)

“Sauron’s Eye Looks Elsewhere”: How Twitter and Google really feel on Facebook problems (Protocol / Ben Brody)

Facebook crooks are account hacking and run ads with stolen money (Mashable / Matt Binder)
East Good Netflix For the Jews? (BuzzFeed News / Joseph Bernstein)

One more thing: Huawei’s woes

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has reported a 32% drop in sales due to sanctions implemented by the United States against the company.

Data released on Friday shows the company lost $ 71.2 billion in the first nine months of 2021, down 32%, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company lost $ 21.2 billion in the last quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to the report.

The most recent quarter ending in September is also the fourth quarter the company saw a drop in revenue as it struggles to overcome US sanctions.

The company’s rotating chairman, Guo Ping, said in a statement that the performance was in line with the company’s expectations, saying Huawei’s business-to-business operations remain stable while its consumer side “has been significantly affected.”

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