- January 24, 2019
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U.S. cybersecurity- Add cybersecurity to the already lengthy list of services and agencies impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.
While many essential defense and law enforcement personnel have been required to work without pay, some agencies that handle cybersecurity duties, such as the Department of Homeland Security’s recently formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are working with reduced staff.
Threat actors, meanwhile, aren’t stopping their campaigns because of an impasse on border security. Preventing them from carrying out malicious activity against public and private sector targets requires the full capabilities and resources of the federal government. Some of the shutdown’s effects will be felt in the short term. For example, one report found that TLS certificates for at least 130 U.S. government websites have expired, which could lead to lapses in security certifications. Others are more long term; for example, we may see fewer cybersecurity professionals considering careers with the federal government after these events.
Security professionals working for either private companies or government agencies will need to be vigilant while the shutdown continues. Here are some key areas to watch:
No access to NIST’s cybersecurity guidelines
Any security professional who’s visited NIST’s website since the shutdown began on December 22 has been greeted with the message that a majority of the site, including cybersecurity documentation, isn’t being updated because of a lack of government funding. Private sector security professionals use the agency’s cybersecurity standards as a framework for how they should architect their organization’s security program. This includes which security tools to use and how to properly implement security technologies like encryption schemes. A lack of access to this documentation severely hinders a company’s ability to develop and implement robust security measures, especially those that want to ensure they’re following the appropriate guidelines and measures.
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