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Capitol Hill focuses support on CISA after breaches

In wake of the SolarWinds breach that has impacted at least three major federal agencies, lawmakers are focused on supporting the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to do more work to protect the government. For instance, Sen. Angus King, D-Maine, has since advocated that CISA should get expanded authority to hunt for threats on the .gov network. “This is going to continue,” King said in a statement. “[Vladimir] Putin can hire 8,000 hackers for the price of one jet fighter, and this is a way that he can attack this country and do relative damage at a very low cost.” More from Dave Nyczepir on the response from the Hill.

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LISTEN: DHS CIO Karen Evans talks EIS and more

When Karen Evans took over as CIO of the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year, the agency's transition was her top priority. In a new episode of the Let's Talk About IT podcast, Evans discussed the importance of DHS's EIS transition, her new role as DHS CIO and what's ahead. Also, Lumen's Zain Ahmed joins the podcast to discuss why network modernization is so essential for overall federal IT modernization. Listen now.

Zero-trust guide is coming to DOD next year

The Department of Defense is set to get a zero-trust reference guide early next year. Developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency, NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, the document will provide a blueprint for defense agencies and IT shops to transition networks to a model that treats every user with the same heightened level of security. More from Jackson Barnett.

Biden team briefed on SolarWinds hacking campaign

The incoming Biden administration is receiving briefings from U.S. officials on the colossal SolarWinds hack, including a classified session slated for Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the briefings. Among the agencies briefing Biden staffers was the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a CISA official said. Sean Lyngaas has more on CyberScoop.

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