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Cryptocurrency hacks are driving demand for startups that understand how to defend the blockchain. Homeland Security is poised to revamp disinformation efforts. And Senators have concerns about the Pentagon's cyber readiness. This is CyberScoop for July 26.

Blockchain has a security talent problem

Blockchain auditing firms are reporting year-long wait lists for clients, a sign of the huge shortage of cybersecurity experts equipped to vet the security of such projects. Experts in the field pin the problem on a lack of training for professionals looking to get into the field. Programs like Secureum offer online learning for those interested, but universities and traditional training programs still lag behind. That's a concern when the industry is under constant attacks from nation-state hackers. “This has raised the stakes. It’s made the consequences of even minor failures much more severe,” said Dan Guido, founder of security firm Trail of Bits. Tonya has it.

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DHS plans to overhaul disinformation efforts to 'increase trust with the public'

When the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council announces it plan next week for overhauling how the agency combats the spread disinformation online, its focus will be on “how to achieve greater transparency across our disinformation related work” and how to “increase trust with the public,” according to council meeting minutes released Monday. No less than 40 top department officials and members of the DHS Advisory Council attended the meeting last week to preview an imminent announcement for how to reimagine the department’s disinformation efforts in the wake of what even DHS leadership has acknowledged was a botched roll out for a planned “disinformation governance board.” Suzanne Smalley reports.

OMB sets cyber priorities for fiscal 2024 ahead of agency budget submissions

The Office of Management Budget and Office of the National Cyber Director issued a memo Friday setting the administration’s cybersecurity priorities for fiscal year 2024 as agencies prepare to submit budget requests to the White House this fall. In fiscal 2024, executive agencies will be held to investing in a trio a cyber priorities: improving the defense and resilience of government networks by focusing on zero trust implementation and IT modernization; deepening cross-sector collaboration to defend critical infrastructure; and “strengthening the foundations of our digitally-enabled future.” FedScoop's Billy Mitchell with the story.

Senate Armed Services Committee concerned about DOD’s cyber mission force

The Senate Armed Services Committee is looking to help the Department of Defense address and correct issues associated with the readiness of its cyber forces, according to new legislation and congressional aides. Committee aides told reporters on Monday that in discussions with cyber commanders, readiness problems — including recruiting and retention — became more apparent. The SASC version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act calls for a plan to address readiness shortfalls and a study on the responsibilities of the military services for organizing, training and presenting forces to U.S. Cyber Command. Mark Pomerleau has the story in FedScoop.

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