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The Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative arrives. The chief of DHS makes an appeal to Black Hat. And Yevgeniy Nikulin asks a judge for freedom. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 6, 2021.

CISA chief announces cyber defense center

CISA Director Jen Easterly unveiled the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, intended to be a hub of proactive — rather than reactive — teamwork between the feds, private sector and state and local governments. Several major companies have already signed on to help build the center: Amazon Web Services, AT&T,  Crowdstrike, FireEye Mandiant, Google Cloud, Lumen, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks and Verizon. It will carry out tasks like developing cyber defense plans and joint exercises. Tim Starks had it covered.

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DHS wants you!

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas encouraged attendees at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference to collaborate with the agency on defining the future of cybersecurity policy. “We need your creativity, your ideas, your boldness, and your willingness to push limits," Mayorkas said. "We need you to help us navigate a path that has not yet been mapped." He urged attendees to "lead the charge on the inside," by joining CISA and DHS. Filling a growing number of empty cybersecurity jobs in the federal government has been a major focus of DHS under the Biden administration. Tonya Riley recaps.

LinkedIn hacker pens a desperate letter from prison

Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian man convicted last year of hacking LinkedIn in 2012, sent a letter to Judge William Alsup — who sentenced him to seven years behind bars — begging for freedom. In broken English, Nikulin explains to the judge that he has been unable to see his family, has no friends behind bars and that his attorneys have not been responsive to his complaints. It’s the latest update in a case where prosecutors were largely unable to quantify the harm caused by Nikulin’s hack of LinkedIn nearly a decade ago. Read it here.

Hey, it's another cyber bill

The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for state and local governments to share information and receive intelligence from federal cybersecurity officials, including the NCCIC, the Department of Homeland Security’s 24/7 monitoring unit. The plainly titled State and Local Cybersecurity Act largely aims to further formalize federal cyber officials’ relationships with state CIOs and other leaders, like election officials, to “coordinate a nationwide effort to ensure effective implementation of tools, products, resources, policies, guidelines, controls, and procedures related to information security.” Benjamin Freed reports for StateScoop.

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