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The Carnegie Endowment's Gavin Wilde weighs in on why corporate Darwinism needs to change so Silicon Valley will listen to security researchers like Mudge. The White House issues a cybersecurity memo. And CISA has a big part to play in new requirements for federal departments. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 14.

Twitter, Mudge and survival of the quittest

In the aftermath of the bombshell allegations from Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko about the company’s security practices — or the stunning lack thereof — enough ink has been spilled about him and other Silicon Valley dissidents who came before to notice a troubling trend: the failure of security-minded personnel to “blend in” or “gel” with the corporate culture. Without litigating the finer points of Zatko’s complaint or his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, this is the latest episode in a string of tech companies hiring respected names in infosec only to have them ushered out or resign (often in protest). This pattern raises more questions about whether the C-suite can face difficult truths than it does about the ability of strong personalities to conform to corporate culture. Commentary from Gavin Wilde.

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White House issues cybersecurity memo

Federal agencies will have to obtain self-attestation from software providers before deploying their software on government systems, according to a new memo issued Wednesday by the White House. Under the guidance, federal departments must ensure that all third-party IT software deployed adheres to National Institute of Standards and Technology supply chain security requirements and get proof of conformance from vendors. The memo represents the latest policy initiative from the White House as the executive branch works to rapidly improve cybersecurity standards across federal agencies. FedScoop previously reported details of the forthcoming guidance, which has raised concern among technology industry leaders. John Hewitt Jones writes in FedScoop.

CISA to develop ‘self-attestation’ cybersecurity standards

The White House tasked the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to play a key role in deploying new cybersecurity guidelines the Biden administration rolled out Wednesday. CISA will work with the Office of Management and Budget to create a “common form” that U.S. departments will use to show that software vendors have attested the technology they are selling to the government meets National Institute of Standards and Technology security guidelines. The new self-attestation guidelines put the burden on the federal contractors to take additional steps to show their ware comply with supply chain security standards. CISA will have 120 days to create a form suitable for use by multiple agencies. John digs into this, too.

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