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Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
Policy

Key convener releases plan for securing open source software with White House

A crucial entity within the open source ecosystem is urging prioritization of libraries that support widespread applications like internet routing, among other things.

Cyber

US and allies attribute attack on U.S. satellite provider in Ukraine to Russia

Officials are highlighting significant spillover effects from the attack—including damage to infrastructure supporting wind farms—into Central Europe.

Cyber

NSA chief: Cyber Command did 9 international missions last year

The dual-hatted head of the spy agency and military command has been conducting proactive missions to diffuse cyber threats to U.S. elections and other critical infrastructure and stressed the importance of artificial intelligence to advance those efforts.

Emerging Tech

Microsoft, DOD partners celebrate cooperative research and development agreement

The company may have the chance to negotiate exclusive intellectual property rights—with an exception for the government—to innovations emerging from the collaboration.

Cyber

CISA add industrial control specialists to Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Companies in the space are trying to shape public policy and push for money agencies can use to—among other things—track their devices and other assets.

Cyber

What CISA wants critical infrastructure partners to report on cyber incidents

A new guide provides clues into how the agency might be thinking of crucial details, such as what should count as an “incident” under a new law.

Emerging Tech

Private sector player urges DOD to screen 5G technology for cybersecurity

The Pentagon is offering cash prizes for hardware or software ideas to make various components of fifth-generation networking technology interoperable across various manufacturers.

Cyber

CISA director details growing threat to maritime transportation sector 

Cybersecurity professionals are noting the possibility of Russia reprising a watershed attack on the shipping industry to hit back against the U.S. economy.

Cyber

White House warns of potential Russian cyberattack based on new intel

Officials, distressed by the continued lack of cybersecurity basics implemented in the private sector, issued “a call to action.”

Congress

Cyber-incident reporting legislation clears House in bipartisan spending bill

The bill, attached to government funding legislation, now moves to the Senate, which recently passed the same incident reporting provisions separately by unanimous consent.

Cyber

CISA warns of ransomware gang, issues indicators of compromise

Processes spurring from the Ragnar Locker Ransomware have affected at least 52 critical infrastructure victims since January, but will terminate if it encounters systems in certain Russian and near-Russian locations.

Cyber

NSA stresses vendor diversification in network segmentation guidance

Robust firewalls within and around a network are especially important in environments incorporating industrial control systems, which have been targeted in Russian state-sponsored operations.

Cyber

Russia-Ukraine conflict could push major cybersecurity legislation past finish line

The threat of Russian retaliation against the west is front-of-mind with Senate passage of key bills to require reports of ransomware payments and other cybersecurity incidents to the government, overhaul FISMA and codify FedRAMP. 

Cyber

Russia’s cyber tactics are prompting the FCC to address internet routing security

Standards exist for network operators to implement, but there is no rule forcing them to do so.

Cyber

US-EU alignment on tech policy shaky in face of Russian aggression

The conflict in Ukraine is reinforcing an industry-friendly argument for how the government should regulate cybersecurity.

Emerging Tech

Quantum tech still too young to warrant export controls, defense advisers warn

A report commissioned by the Pentagon helps provide insight into how various federal agencies fit into big-picture policy considerations on the emerging national security issue.

Cyber

DHS official will chair Biden-ordered cyber safety board

Cybersecurity professionals say the board needs subpoena authority in order to be effective.

Cyber

The U.S. is working to improve Ukraine’s cyber defenses in the face of Russian threat

The prospect of a cyberattack amid heightened regional tensions creates a stark contrast against delicate diplomatic efforts the U.S. is pursuing to thwart ransomware criminals officials say are operating out of Russia.

Cyber

Securing cloud-related PDFs shouldn’t mean sacrificing usability, NSA says

The rise of editable Portable Document Files created a new avenue for attackers, but the right configuration can protect most systems without compromising functionality, NSA says.