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White House Cyber Director: ‘Defense is the New Offense’ for Cyber.
At the hacker conference DEF CON, White House National Cyber Director Chris Inglis asserted that the way forward for cybersecurity is defense, defined roles and responsibilities and investing in resilience and robustness. According to Inglis, there are “three waves of attacks” that have progressed in recent years. The first wave “focused on adversaries holding data and systems at risk.” In the second, the attackers “still held data and systems at risk, but they then abstracted that into holding critical functions at risk.” The third is an attack on confidence, as exemplified by the attack on the Colonial Pipeline. “The most important lesson from that is [attackers] then held the confidence of millions of people at risk,” Inglis said. “And what they eventually succeeded in doing was in defeating one, they defeated all. They defeated tens of millions of people because of a single person’s error. We need to flip the script.” Inglis declared that the solution is to focus on defense, and specifically collective defense.
Ex-CISA chief Krebs calls for US to get serious on security.
It’s time to reorganize the US government and create a new agency focused solely on digital risk management services, according to former CISA director Chris Krebs. “And I’m ready to lead that charge,” he said, during the Black Hat USA infosec conference’s opening keynote on Wednesday. Krebs served as the first director of the CISA, which was created in 2018 largely as a response to Russia and other nation states from interfering in US elections. “So we’re gonna have to look at different possible outcomes,” Krebs said, noting that making CISA’s its own sub-cabinet agency is one such possibility. But this effort also requires private security company buy-in, plus the larger researcher community that has descended on Vegas this week for summer camp.
Mmmm, I love the smell of Space-BACN in the morning! (A DARPA BAA)
DARPA has selected 11 teams for Phase 1 of the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program, known as Space-BACN, the agency announced August 10. Space-BACN aims to create a low-cost, reconfigurable optical communications terminal that adapts to most optical intersatellite link standards, translating between diverse satellite constellations. Space-BACN would create an “internet” of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, enabling seamless communication between military/government and commercial/civil satellite constellations that currently are unable to talk with each other. “We intentionally made making a proposal to our Space-BACN solicitations as easy as possible, because we wanted to tap into both established defense companies and the large pool of innovative small tech companies, many of which don’t have the time or resources to figure out complicated government contracting processes,” said Greg Kuperman, Space-BACN program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office.