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  • CISA Election Security Toolkit.
  • Discussion on the US CHIPS Act (which China has nothing to do with).
  • CISA’s first director, Chris Krebs, outlines steps the US federal government can take to improve cybersecurity.

CISA Election Security Toolkit.

Yesterday, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) published his “Protecting the US Elections: A CISA Cybersecurity Toolkitdescribed as “a unique catalog of free tools and services available to national and local election officials to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of their infrastructure.” CISA developed it thanks to its Joint Cyber ​​Defense Collaborative (JCDC), working with private and public sector organizations and members of the JCDC alliance to develop these resources. CISA breaks down the purpose of the catalog into three parts for election officials:

  1. “Assess their risk using an Election Security Risk Profile Tool developed by CISA and the United States Election Assistance Commission;
  2. “Find tools related to protecting voter information, websites, messaging systems and networks; and
  3. “Protect assets against phishing, ransomware, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.”

“I am very proud to announce another valuable resource that can help officials further reduce their cyber risk and improve their security posture. Every day, state and local election officials face threats against their infrastructure from foreign interference, nefarious actors, internal threats and others. This is one more resource to assist them in their ongoing efforts to ensure that US elections remain safe and resilient,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly.

Discussion on the US CHIPS Act (which China has nothing to do with).

President Biden signed legislation, known as the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, to invest $280 billion of taxpayer dollars in technology research and subsidizing computer chip companies to keep America strong and innovative in the sector, the New York Times reports. $52 billion is earmarked in the bill to help companies build and expand computer chip factories, as well as provide research and training for workers. US officials are reportedly concerned that computer chips are not mass-produced in the United States and that none of the more sophisticated chips, namely those for military and smartphone use, are produced in the United States. . Proponents argue that this levels the playing field for states, noting that grants from other governments explain the nation’s higher spending. Taiwan’s position vis-à-vis China is also of concern, as the country is home to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which makes custom chips for many companies.

$200 billion is for programs focused on American invention. This money is to be used to create 20 regional technology centers focused on government-backed developments in chips, energy technologies and biotechnology, as well as a little for next-generation jobs and technology research that does not immediately produce of results. The Wall Street Journal calls these unnecessary expenses, saying that the beneficiaries are mainly the government and big business. The New York Times, however, argues that government can be essential to innovation, though more public spending may not be the only ingredient needed.

ZDNet reports that China is unhappy with the bill, saying it would disrupt international trade and hamper global economic recovery. Chinese trade associations say the push to set up factories and jobs in the United States will force change in the semiconductor labor market and negatively affect international companies. They also noted that this is not in line with the World Trade Organization’s “non-discrimination principles” and identified countries they believe are unfairly targeted by the bill. Consulting firm PwC said: “The Chips Act may provide an opportunity for semiconductor companies, but realizing its potential will require rethinking global strategy as well as a plan for digital transformation, project management and investment and financial planning. Geopolitical uncertainty, combined with recent dramatic market changes, is forcing companies to carefully assess their place in the semiconductor value chain and how they can improve their position.”

CISA’s first director, Chris Krebs, outlines steps the US federal government can take to improve cybersecurity.

Former U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs spoke about the state of cybersecurity in the United States and steps he thinks the government can take to strengthen the posture. of the country’s cybersecurity, Nextgov reports. In his keynote address at the Black Hat Cybersecurity Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, he outlines how he thinks the government should take a more proactive approach to mitigating and responding to cyber threats. “I think we need to take a hard look at how we’re organized and create a smarter, more efficient, more organized government,” Krebs said.

He cited Franklin Roosevelt’s Reorganization Act of 1939, which created the executive office of the president and restructured government for the modern age, as a model of the restructuring he believes must take place in order to strengthen the position of the nation in terms of cybersecurity. One of his ideas was to create a digital agency using accountability elements from CISA, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and other federal agencies to manage cybersecurity and privacy issues. digital privacy. SC Media reports that another proposed option is to scrap CISA’s Homeland Security Association and make the agency its own “sub-cabinet agency.”

Krebs said, “Bad actors get their wins and until we make meaningful consequences and impose costs on them, they will continue. Ransomware is here and it’s so prevalent that it’s professionalized and barriers to entry have dropped. Now they have the availability or options for exploits that only a few years ago were nation states because the money is there, they are taking advantage of it and it costs them nothing. They don’t feel pain.

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