In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of October 30, 2017

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we look at a new report on cyber resilience from security firm RedSeal, the latest federal action from Congress and the White House to build attention for critical infrastructure, and a piece on growing efforts to improve the cybersecurity posture in Australia.

The 2017 RedSeal Resilience Report

Cybersecurity firm RedSeal has released its second annual Resilience Report. Key findings from an analysis of responses from 600 senior IT security professionals in the US and UK included indicators that organizations are generally unprepared for attacks from a growing threat landscape, and that compliance, not strategy, drives planning for most firms.

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Trump Dubs November Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

For Construction Dive, Kim Slowey writes on a declaration from President Donald Trump that November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. This continues a trend started in 2013 by President Obama, and serves as another attempt by the administration to draw attention to infrastructure investment, a topic of general bipartisan appeal that has yet to make substantial progress in the first year of the administration.

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Senate Bill Keeps Election Systems Critical

Chase Gunter writes for FCW on a new bill introduced this week by Senators Martin Heinrich and Susan Collins that would solidify the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of election systems as critical infrastructure. The bill would provide for additional measures to increase federal support to state election officials, including security clearance sponsorship for chief election officials to aid threat information sharing.

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Despite Challenges, Australia is Becoming a Thriving Cybersecurity Ecosystem

In this opinion piece published by Infosecurity Magazine, Jane Melia from QuintessenceLabs discusses the efforts being made in Australia to catch up to global cybersecurity leaders in countries like the United States and Israel. Citing a lack of venture capital funding for cybersecurity startups, the author discusses the advances made by the Australian government, academia, and private sector.

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