Archive: Homeland Security

So Far, Shift In Cyber Strategy Has Been Successful, Pentagon Official Says

Less than two months after the Trump administration and Defense Department released new cyber strategies that enable more offensive operations, the results so far are positive, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. The administration’s new strategy allows the government to “balance and assess risks” and make decisions faster and to “do so at the speed […]

DoD Deploying 5,200 Troops, Equipment to U.S.-Mexican Border

The Department of Defense plans to deploy some 5,200 active duty troops to the southwestern border by the end of this week in support of Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agents tracking a large group of migrants crossing through Mexico to seek asylum at the border, DoD and Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed Oct. […]

National Guard Officials Ready Midterm Election Security Response, Call For Improved DHS Assistance

Top National Guard officials say their cyber components have improved capabilities for incident response since the 2016 election, but have not received calls to assist with active election security support efforts ahead of the upcoming November midterms. Maj. Gen. Michael Stone and Col. Kenneth Donnelly, of the Michigan and Louisiana National Guards, respectively, told attendees […]

Security Agencies Warn Of Foreign Influence Campaigns

Institutions of democracy in America continue to be threatened by foreign influence campaigns led by Russia, China, Iran and others, U.S. departments and agencies warned in a joint statement last Friday. “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public […]

CBP Wants Greater Sensor Integration On Borders, Lower Life-Cycle Costs With Technology

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials that oversee border security technology programs are considering new approaches to their overall efforts with desired outcomes including more integrated command and control centers, more interoperability among systems, more capability, and lower life-cycle costs. The CBP Border Patrol Program Management Office Directorate has 17 different programs, many of them […]

Pekoske Sees CT Systems Eventually Rolling Out To All Airports

Airports in the U.S. big and small can eventually expect to have next-generation scanning systems deployed at security checkpoints to screen travelers’ carry-on bags, David Pekoske, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Wednesday. The computed tomography (CT)-based scanners have been used in U.S. airports since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks […]

TSA Issues Biometric Roadmap To Enhance Security, Improve Traveler Experience

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday issued its first roadmap for the adoption of biometric technologies to strengthen aviation security while improving the passenger experience at airports and, like its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it plans to focus on facial recognition technology. The roadmap puts forth four goals for the biometric […]

Eliminating Polar Security Cutter Funds In FY ’19 Will Delay Program, Coast Guard Official Warns

If House appropriators prevail in their markup over the summer to zero funding to construct the first new heavy polar icebreaker in 40 years, the program will be delayed and also call into question the nation’s commitment to recapitalizing its icebreaker fleet, the Coast Guard’s top acquisition official said on Thursday. Existing funding for the […]

DHS Has No Evidence Chinese Microchips Used To Compromise Supply Chain, Nielsen Says

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate panel on Wednesday that her department doesn’t have any evidence supporting a media report last week that computer servers supplied by California-based Super Micro Computer, Inc. contain microchips inserted by Chinese suppliers that can be used to spy on networks using the servers. Companies that allegedly have […]