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Paper ballots, threat information — new legislation gets to the point on election security.

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June 13, 2018

Kaspersky's move to Switzerland has gone over like a lead balloon with the U.S. government. A few senators are hammering their peers on a secure elections bill. And a former federal IT leader is headed back into government. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, June 13.

U.S. ON KASPERSKY'S SWISS VOYAGE: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The ongoing fight between the U.S. government and Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab led the company to begin moving “a good part” of its infrastructure to Switzerland in a highly-visible move toward transparency in the face of spying accusations. The U.S.’s top counterintelligence official, however, says Kaspersky’s move to Switzerland makes no difference to him. William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, looks at the way the U.S. government handles Kaspersky — which is now banned from the U.S. federal government and is losing ground in the private sector — as “an opportunity to create a model,” he said. “This will not be the last time this happens. I think there will be more to come along, I call them ‘nation-state threats that emanate through the global business process.’” Patrick Howell O'Neill has more (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8S04 ) .

ELECTION SPOTLIGHT CONTINUES TO SHINE: Senators have made a renewed push to help states secure their voting infrastructure ahead of the fall midterm elections. Two bills were in the spotlight Tuesday: one to require paper ballots and another to get classified threat information to state officials. Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urged their colleagues to include the latter bill in the annual must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, while the six Democratic senators behind the paper-ballot measure say it's a common-sense move that can’t be neglected. The Department of Homeland Security says it has yet to detect Russian cyber activity on state systems this election season, but the midterms will be nevertheless be a crucial test in election security. Sean Lyngaas has more (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8T04 ) .


THE RETURN OF CYBERWEEK: It's back! #DCCyberWeek is October 15-19. Register now (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8V04 ) for the nation's largest #cybersecurity festival!

STAFFING UP: The White House announced its intent to nominate Karen Evans, a household name in federal IT security, as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response. A veteran of President George W. Bush’s White House and Trump’s transition team, Evans has been an advocate for building the nation’s cybersecurity workforce through the public-private U.S. Cyber Challenge. Evans would rejoin DOE — she previously served as its CIO — at a momentous time, as the department copes with advances threats to industrial control systems. Sean Lyngaas has more (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8W04 ) .


DC CYBERTALKS IS BACK!: For one day, 1,000 of the most influential cyber leaders from tech and government will gather in Washington, DC to hear from the industry's brightest speakers on the most critical issues in cybersecurity. Here from the leaders addressing cybersecurity priorities, trends, innovations, and the unprecedented security challenges ahead. REGISTER FOR CYBERTALKS TODAY! (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8X04 )

SHORING UP DAM SECURITY: Booz Allen Hamilton and Spry Methods are getting spots on a $45 million U.S. Bureau of Reclamation contract to oversee the cybersecurity of dams across the country. The USBR, part of the Department of the Interior, manages the U.S.’s water-related resources, such as dams, power plants and canals. The two vendors will help manage Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation for the USBR. Booz and Spry will also ensure the bureau complies with the Federal Information Security Management Act, manage the dams’ industrial control systems and oversee overall network security and vulnerability management. Zaid Shoorbajee has more (http://hubspot.fedscoop.com/e1t/sc2/MmZ-8ykJ19LW7hK57270fgHMW6R1GPS60HYz8W3ZhkKV7jfbcvdBzP8Y04 ) .


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