House Homeland Security Committee Requests CISA Funding
In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee on April 10, the House Homeland Security Committee requested additional funding for the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). According to the bipartisan letter, “Additional investments are necessary to ensure the United States is not only capable of responding to the global threat, but that we are preparing for future threats as well. […] It is imperative that the Homeland Security Subcommittee’s 302(b) allocation enable CISA to mature and grow the services it provides to secure federal and critical infrastructure networks.” In October 2018, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act redesignated the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Federal Cybersecurity News Roundup
In federal cybersecurity news last week…
Congress Soliciting Feedback About AI for Future Proposed Legislation
Last year, members of the NTSC Advisory Council participated in a briefing on Artificial Intelligence in Washington D.C. where the panel addressed how threats and attacks surface and evolve, the security potential of the newest AI technologies at various stages, key challenges in terms of research and development gaps, and what experts believe is working/needed from a public policy standpoint. These kinds of discussions about AI-related issues continue to preoccupy lawmakers who are soliciting input about future proposed legislation. According to The Hill, “[Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)], who represents Silicon Valley, told The Hill that he and [Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.)] are now working to assemble a group of stakeholders in the AI ethics debate — including academics, civil rights advocates and tech companies — to develop a framework that will guide any legislation he introduces on the issue. ‘Congress doesn’t have the expertise to address this within our own building,’ Khanna said. ‘We need to go outside to the academics, to thinkers in this space, to people who really understand what is happening and have their expertise. Then we can debate the appropriate framework.’” The Hill also notes that while tech companies are part of the dialogue, some of their ideas conflict with those of lawmakers.
Cybersecurity Reports and Surveys Roundup
We’ve rounded up a few of the best cybersecurity reports and surveys released last week:
Jacobs to Acquire KeyW
According to a press release, Jacobs (NYSE: JEC) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Jacobs will acquire KeyW for $11.25 per share in cash. The press release states: “This transaction directly aligns with Jacobs' Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear (ATN) transformational strategy of delivering innovative and unique, mission-oriented solutions for highly technical and high consequence government priorities, and further positions Jacobs as a leader in high-value Government Services. […] KeyW is a leading national security provider of advanced engineering and technology solutions for the Intelligence, Cyber and Counterterrorism communities.” Bloomberg notes, “While neither company is a household name, both have deep ties to Washington’s web of cyberintelligence specialists. Jacobs, a Dallas-based engineering firm with more than 80,000 employees, already gets about 23 percent of its $15 billion in annual revenue from the U.S. government. In the past three years, Jacobs has acquired two other cybersecurity firms in the greater Washington area -- Reston, Virginia-based Blue Canopy and Columbia, Maryland-based Van Dyke Technology Group Inc.”