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Biden moves to defend reproductive privacy. Insider threats worry election security experts. And Langevin vies for a parting cyber hurrah. This is CyberScoop July 8.

Reproductive health executive order takes on privacy

President Biden on Friday announced plans to sign an executive order that would take steps to defend reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. The order includes protections for digital data related to abortion that could be used by law enforcement. The executive order tasking Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan with weighing additional protections for consumers seeking information about and accessing an abortion. The order also notes that U.S. Health and Human Services will continue to consider new guidance on protection for reproductive health information covered by a federal health privacy law. But the battle isn't over. The executive order tees up a legal defense against impending cases and Biden makes clear the order is only a stopgap until Congress passes reproductive health legislation. Tonya Riley has it.

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Langevin pushing to include cyber infrastructure provision in NDAA

Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is pushing to amend the NDAA — the annual defense policy legislation — to include cyber protections for critical infrastructure. Langevin, who chairs the House Armed Services panel’s cyber subcommittee and served on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, is urging colleagues to include a provision from the list of solarium recommendations to augment defenses for “systemically important critical infrastructure." Tim Starks reports.

'Hacktivist' group doubles down on Iranian steel facilities attack

The group that targeted a trio of Iranian steel facilities last month doubled down on the attack Thursday, posting nearly 20 gigabytes of what it says are secret documents and emails from the facilities that prove links with Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The group, which goes variously by Gonjeshke Darande or Predatory Sparrow, had previously claimed attacks on the Iranian gasoline distribution system and the Iranian railways. The group claims to be independent, but speculation has pointed toward the Israeli government, which recently launched a leak investigation after local media "hinted" that the government might be connected to the steel facility attack. Read the rest from AJ Vicens.

Insider threats a growing concern for election security efforts

While state and local election officials deserve a “huge amount of credit” for improving their defenses against cyberthreats like ransomware and foreign-backed actors, top officials from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Thursday that insider threats — from individuals within election administration offices — are an increasing concern. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed with more.

Watchdog finds just two DOJ agencies adhering to supply chain risk requirements

Only two agencies within the Department of Justice have followed supply chain risk requirements over the last six years, according to an agency watchdog. In a report published Thursday, the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General found that only the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (ATF) and the Drug Enforcement Agency were compliant with cyber-supply chain risk management (C-SCRM) guidelines intended to ensure IT purchases do not introduce vulnerabilities into government networks. John Hewitt Jones from FedScoop has the story.

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