10 May 2022

Opinion: DHS Disinformation Governance Board Needs to Be Sunk Before It Gets Out of Dock

In May 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of a Disinformation Governance Board, a new internal working group within DHS with the mission of ensuring these protections are “appropriately incorporated across DHS’ disinformation-related work and that rigorous safeguards are in place.”  Per a fact sheet released by DHS, this group will coordinate disinformation initiatives with other federal agencies and a diverse range of stakeholders.

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08 Apr 2022

Takeaways from the Second Meeting of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee

The inaugural meeting of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee (CSAC) was held in December 2021.  The second meeting of the committee was recently held in March. We provide here a brief recap of the vital updates and takeaways. For your future planning, a public comment period is scheduled for each committee meeting.  We encourage OODA Loop members to participate in this public-facing cybersecurity community event.  According to CISA, The next Cybersecurity Advisory Committee will be held in person on June 22, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Details and information on how to attend will be forthcoming. 

“The Committee has truly hit the ground running in scoping key areas of focus to help support our evolution as the nation’s cyber defense agency. I look forward to our next meeting in June where we’ll begin to get a sense of key deliverables,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly.

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03 Feb 2022

Cyber Safety Review Board Launched by DHS

Consistent with our analysis back in November ’21 – Cybersecurity and Cyber Incidents: Innovation and Design Lessons from Aviation Safety Models and a Call for a “Cyber NTSB” – the DHS has now established a Cyber Safety Review Board.   The announcement was made today by the DHS. 

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29 Nov 2021

Transportation Cybersecurity Expert Highlights Vital Role of Planning and Exercising Incident Response

Suzanne Spaulding, a Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security(DHS), recently testified before a joint session of the House Homeland Security Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation Subcommittee and the Transportation & Maritime Security Subcommittee. The NPPD is the precursor to what is now CISA.  Spaulding is also a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) and was involved with the Commission on Cybersecurity during the Obama Administration.

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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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