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Jen Easterly's on her way to lead CISA. A Schneider Electric control system has a major flaw. And SolarWinds gets breached again. This is CyberScoop for July 13, 2021.

Senate confirms Jen Easterly as CISA director

One of the last big cyber vacancies in the Biden administration is getting filled. The Senate on Monday confirmed Jen Easterly by voice vote to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Chris Inglis was sworn in as national cyber director on Monday as well, after his recent Senate confirmation. The team's coming together as the administration prioritizes the battle with ransomware and deals with fallout from the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server hacks. Tim Starks writes.

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Bad air-conditioning news

Researchers found a major flaw in control systems made by Schneider Electric that are popular in building systems and the utility industry. While there's no evidence that hackers have exploited the vulnerability, researchers at Armis say that doing so could allow them to take full control of a systems' operations. Schneider is urging customers to take steps to mitigate the vulnerability and is working on a patch. Tonya Riley has more.

SolarWinds says hackers used a zero-day flaw for 'targeted attacks' in a new breach

The federal contractor at the heart of a cyber-espionage campaign that caused months of consternation throughout the U.S. government says hackers have struck again. SolarWinds says an attacker leveraged a software vulnerability in a company product to carry out "limited, targeted" attacks. “Microsoft has provided evidence of limited, targeted customer impact, though SolarWinds does not currently have an estimate of how many customers may be directly affected by the vulnerability,” the company said. Jeff Stone looks closer.

Another state gets a data privacy bill

Colorado last week became the third state to enact a data-privacy bill, following California and Virginia. The new law, which state legislators approved overwhelmingly last month, gives Coloradans the ability to opt out from having their data collected, stored and sold by businesses operating in the state, as well as the ability to edit or delete it. Colorado's law also aims to protect "sensitive data." Benjamin Freed has the story at StateScoop.


Adapting security strategies to respond to an expanding threat landscape

2021 is unfolding as a year of significant transition as enterprises and employees adapt to the emerging work-from-anywhere environment. As a result, IT and security leaders are seeing a sharp increase in number of cyberattacks. In an exclusive CyberScoop interview, FortiGuard Labs’ Derek Manky takes a closer look at what is behind the dramatic surge in ransomware and cyberattacks. Hear more from Manky.

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