22 Jul 2021

DHS Considers Virtual Reality to Teach Officers About Responding to Hazardous Scenarios

On Monday, the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Protective Service announced via a request for information that they are seeking to equip law enforcement personnel with body-tracking devices, imitation weapons, and head-mounted displays such as virtual reality devices that immerse them into virtual simulations. According to the DHS, the technology would

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26 May 2021

Agencies Are Getting Good at Buying AI But Still Have Trouble Securing It

As agencies begin to implement more artificial intelligence systems and other advanced technologies into their operations, the struggle has shifted from the actual purchase of the tech to being able to effectively secure the technologies. Jessica Clark, a Homeland Security Department procurement official stated that although the department is able

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19 Apr 2021

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Exploiting TikTok

In a new alert, the Department of Homeland Security is warning that Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations have bee using TikTok to recruit, promote violence, and disseminate tactical guidance for use in various terrorist and criminal activities. The alert highlights several instances of TikTok being used in this manner and how these entities are avoiding detection and termination of their accounts.

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30 Mar 2021

SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

New information has been released about the SolarWinds hack in which suspected Russian nationals gained access to US agencies’ systems, with the Department of Homeland Security conceding that the threat actors gained access to email accounts belonging to the head of the agency, Chad Wolf. Other department employees’ emails were

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04 Mar 2021

CISA tells Federal Agencies to Immediately Patch or ‘Disconnect’ Microsoft Exchange Servers

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has posted a new emergency directive calling on federal agencies to immediately patch or disconnect Microsoft Exchange servers. The alert follows a recent warning from Microsoft about major zero-day attacks on email servers, according to a recent posting by

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15 Dec 2020

DHS Among Those Hit in Sophisticated Cyberattack by Foreign Adversaries

The US Department of Homeland Security has admitted to being hacked in relation to the recently exposed Russian espionage campaign against US agencies utilizing vulnerabilities in SolarWinds services, specifically a network-management platform widely used across the government. defense contractors and enterprises were also involved in the attack, such as FireEye,

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29 Oct 2020

Emerging Public Health Sector Ransomware Attacks

The Joint DHS, FBI, HHS advisory on the malicious targeting of the US public health sector by criminals using ransomware should cause immediate tactical action by cyber defenders in the medical and healthcare community. It also signals the need for strategic actions by executives in these and other sectors.  It could also change the dynamic around how governments view these attacks with impactful targeting being designated as terrorist activity.

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29 Oct 2020

FBI, DHS, HHS Warn of Imminent, Credible Ransomware Threat Against U.S. Hospitals

Hospitals across the country have been put on high alert following a tip from a reliable source claiming that an aggressive Russian cybercriminal gang is planning on launching cyberattacks against medical care facilities. The FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security organized a conference call with healthcare industry executives

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14 Oct 2020

Homeland Security Funds 5 New Projects Exploring Blockchain Technology

The Department of Homeland Security has released information on new projects that the agency will be funding to further the exploration and development of emerging technology, specifically blockchain. The agency has been focused on programs that can help refresh how it conducts operations, taking advantage of cutting-edge technology. The five

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17 Aug 2020

Controversial facial recognition tech firm Clearview AI inks deal with ICE

The US Department of Homeland Security and Clearview AI has signed a contract to allow the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency access to its technology, which has been highly controversial over the past few years. Clearview AI has received criticism for its development of facial recognition technology used by law

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