06 Sep 2018

DHS Secretary Urges Hit-Back-Harder Response to Cyber Strikes

The Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has argued that U.S. responses to cyber attacks should be “more than commensurate” and declared that the country’s “days of cyber surrender are over” as it replaces “complacency with consequences…deniability with accountability.” Nielsen said that both statements reflected her personal opinions and

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05 Sep 2018

House votes to create drone czar at DHS

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to install a “drone czar,” a senior official tasked with focusing solely on drones and their relationship to national and border security. The Federal Aviation Administration documented 1.9 million drones operating in the U.S. in 2016, a number expected to increase to 4.3

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26 Jul 2018

Congress wants DoD to hold a national cyber response exercise

Although it has not included a deadline, Congress has proposed high-level exercise led by the DoD in cooperation with the DHS and FBI to prepare civilian agencies to respond to attacks on critical infrastructure. Responding to lawmakers’ claims that the DoD has not adequately prepared, DOD’s CYBERCOM has emphasized that

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25 Jul 2018

The military wants to help secure the midterm elections

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has offered to assist in the securing of the U.S.’s election systems for the upcoming midterm elections in November, according to a tweet from a U.S. senator on the Armed Services Committee. A Pentagon spokesperson has also announced that the DoD continues

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13 Jul 2018

Russia continues to conduct information warfare in the US

A DHS official has testified before congress regarding continued Russian efforts that have “focused on identifying divisive issues and sowing discord.” U.S. elections and critical infrastructure remain key targets and a part of Russia’s “long-term campaign objectives.” This testimony precedes by one week President Trump’s meeting with Putin, where Russian

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26 Jun 2018

DHS Warns Russia Can Take Down US Infrastructure

The Russian government likely has the ability to engage in disruptive and destructive attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure.

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13 Jun 2018

DHS Cyber Experts Hack 757 Aircraft in Two Days

New reporting has revealed that DHS cyber experts conducting a full security assessment of the 757 aviation platform were successful in compromising the aircraft in less that two days. The experts warned that it is “a matter of time before a cybersecurity breach on an airline occurs.” Source: DHS experts

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16 May 2018

DHS Releases New Cyber Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security has published a new Cyber Strategy that includes a set of five year goals for the department and related agencies.

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23 Apr 2018

Here’s why DHS banned Kaspersky products

DHS reporting submitted by Kaspersky as part of their court case provides some insight into why the U.S. government was warning against the use of Kaspersky products. “Based on publicly available information, Kaspersky-branded antivirus software and other Kaspersky-branded products and solutions that contain antivirus functionality appear to present the general

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20 Jul 2017

DHS Issues Report on AI Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging risk that will affect critical infrastructure (CI) as it becomes common throughout the United States. The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the narratives about AI to understand the prominence of perceived key benefits and threats from AI adoption and the resulting

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