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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.
Tech & Data

White House Official Briefed State AGs on Private-Sector Role Battling Ransomware

The deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging tech emphasized the responsibility of the private sector at home as President Biden prepares to work the White House strategy abroad.

Public Safety

CISA, FBI Share Recommendations After Water Treatment Hack

The agencies say updating to the latest operating system is important, even if it wasn’t a factor in this particular incident.

Infrastructure

Hack of Florida Water Treatment Plant Should Be a Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should be involved every step of the way, a former presidential adviser said.

Tech & Data

The Hack Roundup: Treasury Briefing Reignites Encryption Debate

Here are the news and updates about the suspected Russian hack you may have missed.

Tech & Data

FBI, CISA, State Leaders Warn Schools About Ransomware Threats

The percentage of ransomware attacks perpetrated against schools more than doubled in 2020.

Tech & Data

IoT Security Bill Nears Passage as New Consortium Tackles Open 5G

Government officials are thinking about how the use of drones as part of the network infrastructure will affect security.

Tech & Data

New Bill Would Codify States’ Ability to Use Federally Funded National Guard for Cybersecurity

National Guard troops currently being activated to monitor cybersecurity in the upcoming elections are paid for by states.

Tech & Data

FCC, USAID Partner to Advance U.S. 5G Security Policy

An agreement between the agencies aims to encourage the use of trusted networks and interoperable infrastructure.

Tech & Data

What's Next for the House-Passed Internet of Things Security Bill

Some security professionals point to broad exemptions in the Senate version of the legislation that could undermine the effort to guide federal procurement decisions.

Tech & Data

Covid Could Spur Reduced Reliance on Classified Sources of Cyber Intelligence

CISA officials highlighted cloud configuration and VPN vulnerabilities in assessing threats associated with the pandemic.

Tech & Data

CISA, International Counterparts Highlight Mistakes Organizations Make After a Cyber Intrusion

A lot of what’s necessary to appropriately respond to a cyber incident should happen way in advance.