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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

U.S. Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy and Initiatives: Director Needed?

Will the United States gain a director to lead the country’s cybersecurity initiatives? A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation with that goal in mind.

US Secret Service: Hackers Increasingly Target MSPs

Cybercriminals are attacking managed service providers & using MSP solutions to target POS systems & launch ransomware, the U.S. Secret Service reports.

Proposed Legislation Would Ban Use of Biometric Technology by Federal Law Enforcement

Biometric technology, including facial recognition tools, would be banned from federal law enforcement use if pending U.S. legislation becomes law.

FBI Records 20K COVID-19-related Cyber Threats in 2020

Roughly 20,000 coronavirus (COVID-19)-related cybersecurity threats have been reported to the FBI as of early June 2020. Here are the associated cybersecurity risks.

CIA Data Breach: How Hacker Tools Were Stolen

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) built cyber weapons but failed to fortify its own cybersecurity defenses. The result: Secret hacking tools got stolen.

New Cybersecurity Bills to Fortify Nation’s Defenses Proposed in Senate

The Continuity of Economy Act of 2020 & the National Guard Cyber Interoperability Act of 2020 have important cybersecurity components.

Ransomware Attacks Knoxville, Tennessee, City Computer Work

The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, suffers ransomware attack. City indicates that it has data backups. Hackers demand ransomware extortion payment.

Chinese, Iranian Hackers Target Biden, Trump Campaigns

Chinese & Iranian hackers launched phishing attacks vs. the presidential campaigns of Joseph Biden & President Donald Trump, Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) alleges.

MSSPs and U.S. Election Cybersecurity: Infocyte, CyberDefenses Partner

Infocyte, a threat detection and incident response company, and managed security services provider (MSSP) CyberDefenses unveil Election Security Assessments.

Government Cybersecurity Funding: LEAP Act Seeks Breakthroughs

Senate Commerce Committee approves CYBER LEAP Act legislation to fund cybersecurity breakthroughs. Can federal government stir cybersecurity innovation?