In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of May 1, 2017
Posted: May 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm
This Week in Critical Infrastructure we have reports on federal IT and cybersecurity policy, guidance for private-sector entities in shoring up defenses for cyber intrusion attempts and natural disasters, and other reports from cybersecurity experts and the water sector.
Morgan Chalfant from The Hill reports that the federal budget deal reached in Congress will designate $1.8 billion to the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, which is a $183 million increase over FY 2016 and includes $1.4 billion allocated specifically to DHS cybersecurity efforts.
From Forbes, Alexander Polyakov provide a helpful overview of some key cybersecurity issues businesses should keep on their radar, including insider threats, attacks on applications, and data protection.
From the Brookings Lawfare blog, Herb Lin discusses some of the leading cybersecurity challenges facing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and quantum computing.
The EPA has received 43 letters of interest from prospective borrowers for its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program to update the domestic water infrastructure system. This program is a private-public partnership intended to provide an estimated $1 billion in credit assistance to finance water infrastructure investments.
Marc van Zadelhoff, writing for the Harvard Business Review, provides guidance for countering the current workforce shortage in the cybersecurity labor market with measures like improving outreach programs, building local cybersecurity ecosystems, and a renewed focus on continuous learning and upskilling for new employees.
For CSO from IDG, Jonathan Wackrow discusses some key steps, through planning and implementation, that a business can take to prepare for natural disasters and ensure continuity of business when unexpected disruptions strike.
Morgan Chalfant from The Hill reports on recent findings from a BeyondTrust survey that found over half of federal IT professionals have faced a breach attempt in the last six months. One in eight of these respondents reported facing a cyber attack in the preceding 30 days.
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