The interesting thing about gaffs is not that they happen.
They happen to everyone. Today, I forgot the word acronym. What's interesting is how the ones that stick are ones that confirm what people already suspect about the person who said them.
That's not to say legitimately not knowing something important isn't a problem. But if you give 4 hours of speeches a day, you're going to trip over words.

Yet no one honestly thought Obama didn't know how many states there were when he said he visited 53 of them.
Trump was unique in that regard: To the best of my knowledge, he is the only president to claim the facts change to justify a gaffe. Saying "covfefe" was intentional, altering weather maps to show Alabama would be hit by Hurricane Dorian, claiming he said "Tim from Apple".
But in the general case, people react differently to George W. Bush saying "make the pie higher" and Obama misspelling the word advice.

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CISA leadership will be testifying before the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Subcommittee in about an hour about "Modernizing the Federal Civilian Approach to Cybersecurity."

I'll be live-tweeting it. 🧵
Interesting notes to consider in advance.

- Brandon Wales will testify as Acting Director.
While the Biden administration has discussed a task force in the wake of Hafnium, there's no confirmed CISA director, someone you'd expect on the task force.
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There's a ton of stuff we don't know about Bloomberg Supermicro 1 and 2 that I'm not sure we're going to know. Here's what I do know about Supermicro 1, the original story:
I know a ton of national security and cybersecurity reporters and contractors who tried to substantiate the first story without success.

I tried to substantiate the first story without success.
People who I spoke to on Capitol Hill said they *wished* it was true to confirm what we generally know about China's industrial espionage.

People I spoke to in industry launched expensive investigations to see if they had been hit. They hadn't.
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The EAC is about to vote on the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0.

The most contentious point in VVSG is that it says wireless technology should be disabled and not completely removed from voting machines.
I'll try to live-tweet anything interesting, but am also expecting a call for work. So this thread may cut short at any time.

It could be very dramatic.
Disabling wifi rather than not purchasing machines that have wifi allows for more maneuverability in commercial, off the shelf purchases.
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The natsec/infosec implications of the coup attempt are staggering - not just in Pelosi's office.

They'll need to assume all systems and physical files were compromised, and catalog what of each was stolen, altered or destroyed
In the long run, they need an evacuation failsafe for computer systems.
I wasn't really referring to classified files. But it's worth noting that Mieke Eoyang disagrees both in terms of classified files and in general (down conversation).
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By the end of the first season, over the course of several investigations, the FBI had hacked into Boston's transportation system, an online casino that was cooperating with the investigation and the camera on a teenage girl's home computer.

Where will they CSI:CYBER next?
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-Peter McNichol (Ghostbusters 2) has been replaced by Ted Danson.
-They've taken out the part where someone whispers "It can happen to you."
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The passage of the NDAA means that the Executive Branch gets a new staff member: the National Cybersecurity Director.
The position is modeled after the U.S. Trade Representative, and is one of the Cybersecurity Solarium’s suggestions.
The position is Senate confirmed.
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