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A close look at cyber job listing yields lessons about how a handful of companies are treating issues around salary transparency. The White House is urging upgrades to critical infrastructure security. And DOJ officials can't make themselves more clear about ransomware notification. This is CyberScoop for July 28, 2021.

For hire — except in Colorado

Several cybersecurity firms have excluded remote workers in Colorado from job listings. The shunning follows the state's implementation of a pay transparency law that requires employers to list a salary in job postings. Experts say that the willingness of some firms to shirk an entire state of workers rather than list pay is reflective of deeper equity issues in the industry. Pay transparency has been shown to help bridge the wage gap, a problem that women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry face. Tonya Riley reports.

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The latest plan to upgrade pipeline security

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a national security memorandum tasking a group of federal agencies to develop cybersecurity performance goals for critical infrastructure. The directive is the latest effort from the Biden administration to get critical industries on board with improving cybersecurity in areas that could impact national security and the economy. The executive memo follows a security directive handed down by the Transportation Security Administration last week requiring owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines to implement mitigations to protect against ransomware and other threats. Tonya explains.

Biden talks tough amid ransomware outbreak

The U.S. is “more likely” to end up in a “real shooting war with a major power” over a cyber incident than other kinds of conflict, the president suggested on Tuesday. “We’ve seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world,” he said at a speech at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Virginia. “And it's increasing exponentially — the capabilities." While Biden delivered his speech before intelligence personnel, at least one of his intended recipients appeared to be Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tim Starks looks closer.

DOJ officials plead with Congress to pass a ransomware notification law

U.S. Justice Department officials came out in strong support of legislation requiring companies to report ransomware attacks and other severe data breaches to federal authorities. “Without prompt reporting, investigative opportunities are lost, our ability to assist other victims facing the same attacks is degraded and the government and Congress does not have a full picture of the threat facing American companies,” said Richard Downing, deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, at a Senate Judiciary hearing on ransomware Tuesday. Lawmakers of both parties shared a consensus that breach notification laws are needed. Tonya has this one, too.

Florida breach affects 58,000 unemployment accounts

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said this week that it recently learned of a “data security incident” that potentially exposed the personal information belonging to nearly 58,000 accounts on the state’s unemployment insurance system. The breach, which officials said was detected July 16, involved potentially fraudulent activity after malicious actors targeted accounts on the state’s claim system, known as CONNECT. In total, 57,920 claimants’ accounts were targeted by what the department referred to as an “unauthorized party” over a nearly three-month period that began April 27. StateScoop’s Benjamin Freed has more.

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