Cybersecurity News in Review

Robert DuPree
April 9, 2021 • 2 min read

This week’s cybersecurity news in review includes articles on efforts by key senators to learn more about the capabilities and limits of two key DHS cyber programs, and the impact on federal agencies of the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange hacks, and on a new cybersecurity guide for hotel property management systems issued by NIST.  There is also coverage of a new DoD vulnerability disclosure pilot program for participating defense contractors, and coverage of some of the latest developments regarding the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program for defense contractors.

Senators push for details on Einstein and CDM performance, SolarWinds/Microsoft hacks impact on agencies

FCW reports two key Senators are demanding DHS provide documents to show the technical cyber capabilities and limitations of both the Einstein and the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) programs, as well as which federal information systems were compromised by the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange cyber attacks. Read more…

NIST issues cyber guide for hotels property management systems

Dark Reading says NIST has released a cybersecurity guide to help the hotels reduce their security risks, and thus better protect the privacy and credit card data of guests. Read more…

DoD pilots vulnerability disclosure program for contractors

According to Nextgov, the Pentagon’s Defense Cyber Crime Center has begun a pilot program under which hackers can report vulnerabilities they find in the systems of participating defense contractors, and the center can then possibly provide remediation guidance to the affected companies.  Read more…

Air Force CIO wonders if CMMC will harm smaller contractors

FedScoop cites the Air Force’s chief information officer as expressing concerns that the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program for contractors could adversely impact innovative small businesses seeking entry into the lucrative defense market. Read more…

Should we read anything into new Pentagon review of CMMC?

Federal News Network explores the possible implications of the decision by DoD’s new deputy secretary to review the department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program for contractors. Read more…

Report on DoD component compliance with CMMC delayed until June

FCW reports the Pentagon needs an additional three months to deliver a required report to Congress on whether DoD’s own components meet theCybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program’s standards for contractors. The report, mandated by last year’s defense authorization bill, was due March 1. Read more…

Robert DuPree
Manager of Government Affairs
Robert DuPree is the manager of government affairs at Telos Corporation. Follow him on Twitter: @RFDuPree
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