In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of August 15, 2016

Posted: August 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure, we bring you reports covering cybersecurity, elections, and energy infrastructure. First, CSM Passcode covers the latest expert views on a recent hack of the NSA and suspicions that the attacks originated in Moscow. Then, The Atlantic profiles the work performed by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection. Third, an opinion piece from Newsweek examines what a cyber war would look like in the United States. Next, The Daily Signal describes how the U.S. voting system is unlikely to be hacked at the national level. Finally, ACHR News reports on new funding from the Dept. of Energy to support utility security.


Russia Emerges as Prime Suspect in Apparent NSA Hack

A recent online dump of NSA cyber tools by anonymous hackers has raised suspicions in the U.S. cybersecurity community that operatives in Moscow may be operating to divert attention from or mitigate the response to recent attacks against Democratic organizations some have attributed to Russia. Jaikumar Vijayan writes on these developments for CSM Passcode.

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Meet the People Who Protect America’s Critical Infrastructure

From August 8, Steven Brill writes for The Atlantic in a short profile on Caitlin Durkovich and the Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection. The piece takes a brief look at the work of the IP office and their efforts to advise private-sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

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This is What Cyber Warfare between Nations Would Look Like

In an opinion piece published by Newsweek, Bill Buchanan provides a look at the potential future of cyber warfare, including the likely forms an attack might take and the potential reaction the United States would pursue, including a step-by-step response process.

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Security Officials Consider National Hacking of Voting Machines Extremely Unlikely. Here’s Why.

Fred Lucas writing for The Daily Signal describes the current state of the U.S. election system and how the decentralized nature of American voting infrastructure makes a national cyber attack unlikely and largely unfeasible.

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DOE Announces $15M to Protect Critical Infrastructure

ACHR News writes about a recent announcement from the Department of Energy regarding new funding for infrastructure protection through domestic power utilities. The $15 million initiative will support efforts by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to enhance cyber and physical security over the next three years through a combination of education and training with the development of new security tools.

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