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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.

Fired CISA Director Krebs Waves Off Trump’s Election Fraud Attacks

Former CISA leader Christopher Krebs, in 60 Minutes interview & Washington Post op-ed, reiterates that the 2020 U.S. elections were “the most secure in American history.”

US Department of Defense Approves CompTIA PenTest+ Exam

The CompTIA PenTest+ penetration testing exam has been U.S. DoD-certified & added to its manual of approved baseline certifications for military personnel.

Next DHS Leader: Alejandro Mayorkas?

Will Alejandro Mayorkas lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — which oversees the CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency).

U.S. Service Providers and Banned Huawei Network Gear: Replacement Funding?

Bipartisan leaders push the FCC to fully fund a $1 billion program to help U.S. service providers rip & replace Huawei network gear.

Senate Passes IoT Security Legislation to Protect Feds’ Device Procurement

U.S. Senate approves Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020. What President Trump’s potential signature means for IoT security.

Trump Fires Cybersecurity Chief, CISA Director Christopher Krebs

President Trump fires Christopher Krebs, who led the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber wing. Proponents say Krebs & DHS delivered a secure U.S. presidential election.

DDoS Attacks vs Financial Industry: SEC Chairman Warning

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyberattacks pose big threat to U.S. stock exchange & financial services, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton warns.

Ernst & Young Acquires Cloud Identity Management Company IDMSense

EY Canada, part of Ernst & Young, acquires IDMSense, a CyberArk, Microsoft, SalePoint & Okta partner for privileged access management (PAM) & cloud-based identity management MSP.

Tyler Technologies Ransomware Attack: $1.5M In Lost Revenue

A ransomware attack vs. Tyler Technologies ($TYL) caused the government software & IT services provider to lose $1.5 million in services revenue, Tyler discloses.

US Election Cybersecurity: CISA Virtual War Room Counters Attacks, Report Says

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) CISA wing builds election day virtual war room to alert state and local voting officials of cyber intrusion attempts by foreign adversaries, report says.