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CISA's list of known, exploited vulnerabilities is catching on in the private sector. Russia rattles its saber. And China gets attention at the 2022 RSA Conference. This is CyberScoop for June 10.

KEV moves in

Eric Goldstein, CISA's executive director for cybersecurity, said the agency's list of "must-patch" known, exploited vulnerabilities has caught on with the private sector after initially being only a list federal agencies must correct. It seems to have superseded the open-source industry standard Common Vulnerability Scoring System in some corners of industry, he said. “I think it has driven extraordinary focus and really a big re-conceptualization of how organizations rate and prioritize vulnerabilities, moving away from CVSS as the default, and more towards what’s actually being used ‘in the wild,'” Goldstein told CyberScoop in an interview. Still, others say the so-called KEV list needs some improvement, especially on providing context about the flaws listed in the catalog. Tim Starks reports.

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Russia ratchets up threats, focuses on cyberattacks

A “direct military clash” could result if Western governments continue to hit Russian infrastructure with cyberattacks, a Thursday statement issued by the Russian foreign ministry warned. The statement decried the "militarization of the information space by the West and attempts to turn it into an arena of interstate confrontation." James Lewis, a diplomat and scholar focused on cybersecurity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that despite the bombastic tone, the threats are not something to fret over. “Threats are just part of the Russian diplomatic vocabulary: They make them all the time and you can’t take them too seriously,” Lewis said. Suzanne Smalley has the story.

China takes a secondary spotlight at RSA Conference

While the war between Russia and Ukraine wages on, it’s the technology war between the U.S. and China that took main stage at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week. “Russia is like a hurricane, but China is climate change,” NSA cyber director Rob Joyce said Wednesday. "And if you look at the long term facing threat we have ahead of us we've got to be ready to deal with China." That’s especially true as technologies like the cloud and 5G take center stage. Joyce said that as China homes in on cloud services there's no reason to believe the nation won't repeat past successes hacking U.S. IT services. The implications of China’ close attention to how the U.S. is responding to Russia’s invasion of its neighbor is also troubling for cybersecurity experts. “I don't think we're planning sufficiently,” Mark Montgomery, senior director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation said at an RSA panel in response to the possibility of the supply chain with China being completely shut off in the case of an escalation in China’s regional aggressions. Montgomery urged Congress to pass currently stalled legislation that would pump money into the U.S. economy to compete with China in the semiconductor space. Check out our recent China coverage.

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