In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of December 11, 2017

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we look at the latest efforts by the Trump administration to make progress towards improving federal investment in local infrastructure projects, new progress for a bill making its way through Congress to restructure the Department of Homeland Security, and the latest on a piece of malware designed to target and cause physical damage to critical electric infrastructure.

Trump Officials Push Application Overhaul for Infrastructure Projects

Melanie Zanona reports for The Hill on efforts by the Trump administration to overhaul the application for federal funding of infrastructure projects. The process will hopefully make it easier for local governments and public-private partnerships to evaluate their chances for success before filing.

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U.S. House Passes Legislation to Create Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

For SC Media, Bradley Barth writes on passage of a U.S. House bill to create a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The new agency would result from the renaming and restructuring of the existing National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and would be comprised of three divisions: a cybersecurity division,
an infrastructure security division, and an emergency communications division.

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Game-changing Attack on Critical Infrastructure Site Causes Outage

From Ars Technica, Dan Goodin provides coverage of a new report from security firm FireEye on new malware identified at an unnamed critical infrastructure site. This malware targeted the Triconex product line made by Schneider Electric and was most likely designed to cause physical damage.

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