DHS and 5G security. US State Department’s first cyber ambassador. China’s cybersecurity regulations.

At a glance.

  • DHS and 5G security.
  • US State Department’s first cyber ambassador.
  • China’s cybersecurity regulations.

US Department of Homeland Security’s quest to secure 5G tech.

SIGNAL Magazine offers a look at the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)’s progress in filling security gaps presented by 5G technology identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 5G has become increasingly critical to DHS’s goals, and its Science and Technology Directorate leads the Secure and Resilient Mobile Network Infrastructure program (SRMNI) and the sister program Emergency Communications Research and Development. Brent Talbot, a program manager within the Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of Mission Capability and Support, explains, “CISA is our customer, and they are looking to get some research and development performed to fill some cybersecurity gaps in the mobile 5G infrastructure. They’re looking to secure those venues for not only the general public but for the government, for the nation. We’re trying to push the boundaries of what is known, and we’re looking to protect those communications venues, especially for our frontline workers, the emergency responders.” SRMNI’s goal is to provide solutions and knowledge that will help officials to make risk- and cost-informed decisions regarding capability gaps, threat identification, architectural frameworks and potential mitigations. Already, 4K Solutions LLC has developed GovSecure, a protected domain name system available on Google Play store and the Apple App Store that allows secure, untraceable communications for sensitive but unclassified messages.

US State Department names its inaugural cyber ambassador. 

CyberScoop reports that the US State Department has selected Nathaniel Fick as its first Ambassador-at-Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy, pending confirmation from the US Senate. Launched in April, the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy is focused on supporting the White House’s effort to provide digital aid to allies and US leaders as they set global cyber standards. Currently the general manager of information security for internet search company Elastic, Fick…