Tagged: critical infrastructure

New National Security Archive Briefing Book on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

Following the May 8, 2021 ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, National Security Archive has released a new briefing book This is Not a Drill: Ransoming American Security.  Attributed to the ransomware group DarkSide,  the attack which paralyzed Colonial Pipeline supplier of 45% of East Coast fuel, provides “a glimpse of the threat that ransomware and malicious cyber actors, even those...

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

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Mitigating Insider Threats Within U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective. This document highlights the importance of mitigating insider threats within U.S. critical infrastructure entities to meet the expanding nature of threats...

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Recommendations for Building a Resilient America

The Atlantic Council of the United States, in response to the challenges faced by the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, addresses the issues of national preparedness and resilience in their October 2020 publication, Effective Resilience and National Strategy: Lessons From the Pandemic and Requirements...

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Global Security Depends on Climate Change Mitigation

The National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) of the Center for Climate and Security released a report warning the public of “high-to-catastrophic” threats to domestic and global security originating from climactic changes. Consisting of representatives from national security, military, and intelligence fields, the panel analyzed security impacts of global...

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Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) created a new emergency preparedness guidance for Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) organizations. The HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit provides public and private organizations with “an objective, data-driven all-hazards...

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Strengthening National Resiliency During Power Outages

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) released a report based on an in-depth study of physical and cyber risks to critical infrastructure, including the nation’s power grid, drinking water and wastewater systems, transportation, communications, healthcare, and financial systems. Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage: How to strengthen the Capabilities of...

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Introducing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Cybersecurity is a cornerstone of our national security strategy, especially as technology continues to advance. Malicious actors with cyber-capabilities threaten our critical infrastructure, continuity of government, and even private sector companies. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump on November 20,2018 establishes...