New Defense Bill Would Reestablish Cybersecurity Position Previously Nixed by Trump Administration

A provision to establish a national cybersecurity director at the White House has been included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which outlines the budget for national defense spending. In 2018, the administration of President Donald Trump eliminated a similar position.

James Langevin wearing a suit and tie sitting on a stage: The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

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The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

Rhode Island Democrat Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Servies Committee, co-introduced separate legislation in June to create the position. The provision included in the 2021 NDAA is based on that legislation, known as the National Cyber Director Act.

“I’ve been working on bolstering our nation’s cybersecurity for more than a decade, and it is abundantly clear the country needs someone in charge of cybersecurity at the highest levels

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Start Spreading The (Good) News About Cybersecurity

CEO of NTT Research, leading research in physics & informatics, cryptography & information security, and medical & health informatics.

Bad news in cybersecurity gets a lot of attention. Headlines about data breaches and new forms of malware tend to outweigh any good news that comes from the field of cryptography.

Because this field is highly mathematical and operates on a lengthy time horizon, progress can be difficult to convey. As I discussed previously, it took about 15 years for the capabilities of attribute-based encryption (ABE) to move from a technical paper into the standards world and now possible deployments.

However, academic research is a leading indicator. Recent developments include a solid theoretical foundation for software obfuscation, a new defense for public-key cryptosystems and several ways to make machine learning (ML) more trustworthy.

Obfuscation Finds Terra Firma

For 20 years, cryptographers have been working on ways to make software

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Tech Antitrust During Biden, ADR for Copyright Small Claims and Cybersecurity in State and Local Governments

This week in Washington IP news, Senate committees will convene a series of business meetings, including one by the Senate Judiciary Committee to look at a proposed bill that would create an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pathway for resolving copyright small claims. The Senate Environment Committee will also discuss a proposed legislative draft designed to restore American dominance in nuclear energy in part by supporting the licensing of advanced nuclear energy technologies. Elsewhere, the Brookings Institution will host a pair of events exploring the impacts of smart machines on the American labor force as well as the future of antitrust policy in the tech sector during the Biden Administration.

Tuesday, December 1 

Brookings Institution 

The Future of Tech Antitrust in the Biden Administration

At 11:00 AM on Tuesday, online video webinar.

In the United States and around the world, especially in Europe, government antitrust regulators have honed their focus onto

Read More Emerges from Stealth with $6M in Backing from YL Ventures, CrowdStrike’s George Kurtz and Lineup of Cybersecurity Leaders


Startup dramatically simplifies the process of building authorization and cuts down development time with industry’s first OPA-powered authorization policy management platform


TEL AVIV, Israel & SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 18, 2020–, a startup revolutionizing authorization policy management, today announced $6 million in seed funding led by YL Ventures with participation from cybersecurity luminary George Kurtz, CEO and Co-founder of CrowdStrike. Founded by industry veterans Amit Kanfer (CEO) and Dekel Braunstein (CTO), is offering a new approach to authorization, providing developers with the building blocks they need to quickly generate and manage best-practice authorization controls across enterprise applications at scale.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: co-founders Amit Kanfer, CEO (rt.); Dekel Braunstein, CTO (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining this seed round are Michael Sutton, former CISO of Zscaler; Sounil Yu, former Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America; Dan Amiga, former CTO and Co-founder

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The Future Of Cybersecurity Law Hinges On The Supreme Court

Later this month, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Van Buren v. United States, a case long-awaited by the cybersecurity community on the nation’s primary anti-hacking law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Court’s decision on Section 1030(a)(2) will determine whether companies can block researchers from analyzing systems to uncover vulnerabilities, pinpoint cybercrime sources and warn of potential bad actors and fraud schemes. Such findings help to protect us and improve the cybersecurity efforts of both public and private sector organizations. The Court’s ruling will either be a significant win for the security community, setting the legal parameters for legitimate security research or a detrimental roadblock, pushing security researchers into perilous situations and society into the digital Dark Ages. 

The CFAA currently prohibits intentionally accessing a computer without authorization or in excess of authorization, but fails to define what “without authorization” and “exceed

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Meet Dragos, a cybersecurity startup shielding utilities and factories

  • Rob Lee started Dragos to protect industrial facilities from cyber attacks, and it is a different kind of cybersecurity startup. 
  • Dragos is not cloud-based, like many enterprise cybersecurity startups that are focusing on protecting remote workers.
  • The Maryland startup of more than 200 makes a dashboard that helps industrial sites see all their security data. 
  • The CEO, who was a cybersecurity expert in the Air Force, says that after he left the service he “made it a point to get fat and grow a beard.”
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In a cybersecurity industry overrun by cloud-based startups and venture capitalists touting new ways to protect remote workers, Rob Lee and his company, Dragos, stand apart. 

Dragos protects factories, oil fields, utilities like power companies, and other large industrial sites from cyberattacks. In other words, Lee’s company addresses operational technology, not information technology. “OT is all of IT,

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Future Disrupted 2021 LinkedIn blog: cybersecurity

How cyber-resilient is your business in a time of crisis?

As 2020 draws to a close, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our lives and livelihoods, it’s incumbent on cybersecurity professionals to consider what are likely to emerge as disruptive cybersecurity technologies and concepts, over the next 3–5 years. It’s also critical to identify tangible, proactive actions, technology investments and mindset shifts that you should consider adopting. In our 2021 Future Disrupted technology trends e-book, we explore some of these developments in greater detail. 

We’ll also provide some practical steps that you can take to mitigate evolving cybersecurity risks. For example:

• Speed up deployment of zero-trust capabilities: As organizations started to allow their employees to work from home and become more reliant on cloud collaboration tools, the traditional perimeter defense has become less effective. It is the time for organizations to implement zero-trust with strong identity

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IBM and AMD Begin Cooperation on Cybersecurity and AI=

International Business Machines  (IBM) – Get Report and Advanced Micro Devices  (AMD) – Get Report said they began a development program focused on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

The development agreement will build on “open-source software, open standards, and open system architectures to drive confidential computing in hybrid cloud environments,” the companies said in a statement. 

The agreement also will “support a broad range of accelerators across high-performance computing and enterprise critical capabilities, such as virtualization and encryption,” they said.

AMD, Santa Clara, Calif., is one of the world’s biggest chipmakers and is thriving. IBM, the storied Armonk, N.Y., technology services company, has struggled to regain the glory of its past, when it led the computer-making industry.

AMD’s commitment to technology innovation “aligns with our mission to develop and accelerate the adoption of the hybrid cloud,” said Dario Gil, IBM’s director of research.

As for AMD, “this

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Industrial Cybersecurity Market Development Status, Emerging Technologies, Regional Trends and Comprehensive Research Study 2025

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Nov 11, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
Global Industrial Cybersecurity Market
By Product (Networking Devices, Gateways), Component (Software, Services), Type (Network Security, Application Security, Endpoint Security, Wireless Security, Cloud Security), Vertical, and Regional Market Size, Status and Forecast to 2025

Market Overview:
The Global Industrial Cybersecurity Market was valued at USD 12.36 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 26.54 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.86% from 2017 to 2025.

Industrial cyber security provides protection against cyber-attacks. Industrial cybersecurity protect networks and data from unauthorized access, improved information security and business continuity management, improved stakeholder confidence in your information security arrangements, improved company credentials with the correct security controls in place, faster recovery times in the event of a breach.

The Final Report will cover the impact analysis of COVID-19 on this industry:


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Axio Announces Partnership with NFP to Expand Cybersecurity Capabilities, Launches New Platform for Community Banks

New platform to provide a holistic view of how insurance policies would respond to cyber events, identifies losses to bank’s earnings and balance sheet

Axio, a leading cyber risk management Software-as-a-Service company, today announced a strategic partnership with NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual solutions. NFP will deploy Axio’s new platform, Axio360 QuickQuant, to expand its cybersecurity capabilities within its P&C division with a focus on the specialized needs of community banks.

This partnership will give insurance buyers for community banks access to a holistic view of cybersecurity risks, the ability to navigate the complexities of the risk, and identify insurance solutions that respond to cyber losses that could impact the bank’s earnings and balance sheet. Axio360 QuickQuant’s proactive approach identifies opportunities to address the gaps and allows banks to benchmark their insurance program limits against NFP’s client portfolio

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