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Help! CISA’s Easterly Calls for Big-Tech Assistance on Cybersecurity

Real-world experience is now what is needed to deal with these emerging threats, and it is actually refreshing to see the Biden administration recognize that.

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The unmitigated disaster that is CornPop 1.0 (aka the Biden Administration) has turned the United States into a minefield for the hundreds of millions of Americans regularly online. In fact, since January 20th, America has become a skinny nerd on the online dodgeball field as virtually every sector of the US economy and critical infrastructure has been smacked hard with a hacker designed red rubber ball. And it is for one reason, and one reason alone – American vulnerability. Under Sleepy Joe, everything from the economy to the southern border is a mess.  

As major attacks against Colonial Pipeline, beef supplier JBS, Kaseya and Apple, have dominated headlines, America organizations both public and private are still picking up the pieces from the SolarWinds attack.

So, in response, because it is definitely their responsibility to respond, the American security apparatus is rolling out high-cost initiative after initiative in an attempt to mitigate future attacks.

Among the new strategies announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was the “Reduce the Risk of Ransomware Campaign,” and new increases in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant spending. FEMA’s plan would allow state level and local governments to receive grants from the agency as long as a minimum of 7.5% of the disbursement was spent towards shoring up cybersecurity in the recipient’s jurisdiction.

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And the spending is expected to grow by $1 billion if the new Senate approved $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passes. As written, the bill calls for $200 million in new grant spending available in 2022, $400 million in 2023, $300 million in 2024 and $100 million in 2025. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will be distributing the grants.

And CISA, perhaps the agency most directly responsible for American cybersecurity recently announced the creation of the new Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference on August 5th. The CISA led initiative, which was rolled out by new director Jen Easterly, is an effort to lean the expertise of the public sector, namely “Big-Tech,” in order to help America defend itself against hacking aimed at critical infrastructure and other valuable targets.

The most notable public companies participating in the effort are Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Although conservatives may think poorly of these companies based on their obvious anti-Trump bias and censorship efforts, they are actually among the most competent companies in the cybersecurity world. 

Microsoft, the giant behind the most frequently used anti-virus software in the world, Microsoft Defender Antivirus (formally Windows Defender), also initiated the Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART). DART works internationally with outside security organizations and investigates hacks against both governmental and commercial entities, including targets in the financial sector.

Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Services also are among the more talented companies in the security sector as a result of their efforts to protect their millions of customers around the world from the online threats that continue to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Real-world experience is now what is needed to deal with these emerging threats, and it is actually refreshing to see the Biden administration recognize that.

As regular Americans navigate through an internet filled with ransomware threats and governments deal with the rise of international state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), the reality is that CISA’s new direction under Jen Easterly is starting off well. Despite that fact that is is occurring months after it should have started. 

Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker and BizPacReview.

 

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FBI Informants Stormed Capitol on Jan. 6th, Muddying MSM Narrative

The infotainment industry is going to have a hard time spinning this one.

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For months on end, those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th claimed that there were interlopers among them, possibly even working to incite the violence and bring trouble to their ranks.

Of course, the mainstream media wasn’t having it.  They had the MAGA Movement right where they wanted them, and there was no scenario in which they were going to let this precious attack on the far-right go to waste.  No, they had decided that this was purely an incident of their own doing, and that they should be punished and ostracized ad nauseam on account of it.

But new reports seem to indicate that yes, indeed, there were some double agents among the throngs of Americans who stormed the building, and it’s putting the infotainment industry in a real bind.

As scores of Proud Boys made their way, chanting and shouting, toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, one member of the far-right group was busy texting a real-time account of the march.

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The recipient was his F.B.I. handler.

In the middle of an unfolding melee that shook a pillar of American democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — the bureau had an informant in the crowd, providing an inside glimpse of the action, according to confidential records obtained by The New York Times. In the informant’s version of events, the Proud Boys, famous for their street fights, were largely following a pro-Trump mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack.

And that’s not all:

After meeting his fellow Proud Boys at the Washington Monument that morning, the informant described his path to the Capitol grounds where he saw barriers knocked down and Trump supporters streaming into the building, the records show. At one point, his handler appeared not to grasp that the building had been breached, the records show, and asked the informant to keep him in the loop — especially if there was any violence.

The FBI has long been considered one of the shadier branches of federal law enforcement, often resorting to these sorts of tactics and infiltrations in order to achieve their mission.

For months on end, those who stormed the Capitol on January 6th claimed that there were interlopers among them, possibly even working to incite the violence and bring trouble to their ranks. Of course, the mainstream media wasn’t having it.  They had the MAGA Movement right where they wanted them, and there was no scenario in which they were going to let this precious attack on the far-right go to waste.  No, they had decided that this was purely an incident of their own doing, and that they should be punished and ostracized ad nauseam on account of it. But new reports seem to indicate that yes, indeed, there were some double agents among the throngs of Americans who stormed the building, and it’s putting the infotainment industry in a real bind. As scores of Proud Boys made their way, chanting and shouting, toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, one member of the far-right group was busy texting a real-time account of the march. The recipient was his F.B.I. handler. In the middle of an unfolding melee that shook a pillar of American democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — the bureau had an informant in the crowd, providing an inside glimpse of the action, according to confidential records obtained by The New York Times. In the informant’s version of events, the Proud Boys, famous for their street fights, were largely following a pro-Trump mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack. And that’s not all: After meeting his fellow Proud Boys at the Washington Monument that morning, the informant described his path to the Capitol grounds where he saw barriers knocked down and Trump supporters streaming into the building, the records show. At one point, his handler appeared not to grasp that the…

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Vaccine Mandate Cold Cause Healthcare Worker Shortage in Major City

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With the number of Americans concerned about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine remaining steady, establishments that are now dealing in vaccine mandates are in for a rude awakening.

For months now, the vaccination rate has remained steady here in the United States, despite full FDA approval for some of the inoculations, and a steady stream of pressure from the Biden administration.  The issue is that, of all the folks who want to receive a vaccine, nearly all have.  Those remaining unvaccinated are doing so by choice.

And that’s why a coming vaccine mandate could wreak havoc on the New York City healthcare worker population.

New York state officials are bracing for staffing shortages when the state’s health care worker vaccination mandate takes effect on Monday, and could be looking to the National Guard — as well as medical professionals from other states and countries — to help address them.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul released a plan on Saturday, outlining the steps she could take to increase the workforce in the event that large numbers of hospital and nursing home employees do not meet the state’s deadline.

“We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal,” she said.

That could mean declaring a state of emergency to allow health care professionals licensed outside of New York, as well as recent graduates and retirees, to practice there. Other options include deploying medically trained National Guard members, partnering with the federal government to send Disaster Medical Assistance Teams to local health and medical systems and “exploring ways to expedite visa requests for medical professionals.”

And, to make matters worse, those who find themselves terminated for their choice to remain unvaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment benefits, further infuriating those who believe that waive their cache to receive an inoculation are being discriminated against.

With the number of Americans concerned about the potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine remaining steady, establishments that are now dealing in vaccine mandates are in for a rude awakening. For months now, the vaccination rate has remained steady here in the United States, despite full FDA approval for some of the inoculations, and a steady stream of pressure from the Biden administration.  The issue is that, of all the folks who want to receive a vaccine, nearly all have.  Those remaining unvaccinated are doing so by choice. And that’s why a coming vaccine mandate could wreak havoc on the New York City healthcare worker population. New York state officials are bracing for staffing shortages when the state’s health care worker vaccination mandate takes effect on Monday, and could be looking to the National Guard — as well as medical professionals from other states and countries — to help address them. Gov. Kathy Hochul released a plan on Saturday, outlining the steps she could take to increase the workforce in the event that large numbers of hospital and nursing home employees do not meet the state’s deadline. “We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal,” she said. That could mean declaring a state of emergency to allow health care professionals licensed outside of New York, as well as recent graduates and retirees, to practice there. Other options include deploying medically trained National Guard members, partnering with the federal government to send Disaster Medical Assistance Teams to local health and medical systems and “exploring ways to expedite visa requests for medical professionals.” And, to make matters worse, those who find themselves terminated for their choice to remain unvaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment benefits,…

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