25 Mar 2019

Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data of Victims

The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General has discovered a massive data breach at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), affecting 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes and wildfires. FEMA exposed sensitive personal information to a contractor without there being a legitimate reason for sharing the data. The exposed data

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20 Mar 2019

Cyber Threats Are Emerging Faster Than DHS Can Address Them, Secretary Says

US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday warned that her department is failing to keep up with the growing number of cyber threats. “The rate at which the threats and risks are emerging is outpacing our ability to identify and assess and address them,” she said, adding that

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07 Mar 2019

New CISA director outlines top 5 priorities for protecting U.S. critical infrastructure

Christopher Krebs, the head of the newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined 5 priorities for how the agency plans to protect critical infrastructure. The first priority is to prevent tech firms from hostile countries such

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25 Jan 2019

The Pentagon flew more drones for domestic missions in 2018 than the last 7 years combined

The U.S. military has supported domestic missions with drones several times in the past decades, but 2018 marked a highpoint of military drone usage domestically, surpassing the past seven years combined and suggesting a continued support relationship in 2019 and beyond. Of the 2018 missions, four supported forrest firefighting efforts

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10 Jan 2019

Here’s How DHS Expects Cyberattackers to Target Emergency Services

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an analytic graphic detailing how it expects cyber attacks against the Emergency Services Sector could be conducted.

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09 Jan 2019

Shutdown Forces Feds Off the Conference Circuit

One potentially unexpected consequence of the ongoing shutdown is that scientists and tech leaders employed by the government are not able to attend conferences around the country, potentially preventing them from exchanging ideas and solutions with relevant partners. Nineteen days in, the shutdown has forced the FCC Chairman, FCC Commissioner,

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17 Dec 2018

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data

“The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to Homeland Security Department inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been a program called BioWatch. Its sensors, mounted

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13 Dec 2018

Pentagon to Take Over All Security Clearances in Nine Months, Officials Say

“The Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management expect to have merged two offices and moved 2,000 federal employees and a 600,000-case backlog of security clearance investigations nine months from now. The new office will be established under the Defense Security Service by Oct. 1, Director for Defense Intelligence Garry

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13 Dec 2018

How DHS is Trying to Separate Quality Cyber Tools from Snake Oil

How do you compare and test the efficacy of cybersecurity products and companies when the information is proprietary? In many situations, you cannot. The research division of DHS is currently trying to understand how comparisons could be possible that are based on rational actor notions. With cybersecurity companies selling their

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07 Dec 2018

DHS wants a custom cyberthreat warning network

“The Department of Homeland Security wants to create a social network that businesses can use to exchange advanced knowledge of cyberattacks, an effort that echoes what a number of private sector organizations have created but is intended to operate on a larger scale. In a pre-solicitation statement, the agency said

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