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Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. For companies, it comes down […]

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DHS Expects To Have New Northern Border Strategy Ready In January

Following the release over the summer of an assessment of threats on the northern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in January plans to publish a new strategy for the northern border that will be followed later in 2018 by an implementation plan, a senior department official said on Tuesday. The updated Northern Border […]

Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security. LinkedIn photo.

Senate Committee Approves Nielsen Nomination To Lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Tuesday afternoon voted 11 to 4 to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security. Four Democrats voted against the nomination: Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Margaret Hassan (N.H.) and Gary Peters (Mich.). The confirmation vote was originally planned for […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Tuesday. So far, 94 percent […]

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Panel Delays Vote On Nielsen Pending Answers To Senators’ Questions

A Senate panel on Thursday postponed a confirmation vote on Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security until at least Monday until she supplies answers to nearly 200 questions the committee posed following her nomination hearing on Wednesday. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, addressing […]

Dr. Robert Hickey, aviation program manager, DHS Science and Technology Cyber Security Division.

DHS Led Team Demonstrates That Commercial Aircraft Can Be Remotely Hacked

TYSONS, Va.—A team of government, industry and academic officials last year successfully demonstrated that a commercial aircraft could be remotely hacked in a non-laboratory setting, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said on Wednesday. “We got the airplane on the 19th of September 2016, two days later I was successful in accomplishing a remote, […]

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L2 Defense Acquires Provider Of Emergency Services Simulation And Training

L2 Defense, Inc. has acquired Advanced Technical and Educational Consultants, Inc. (ATEC), a small business that provides simulation and training capabilities to the Defense Department, federal agencies, and state and local emergency responders. Terms of the deal, which was announced on Nov. 2, were not disclosed. ATEC is a woman-owned business based in South Florida. […]

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Stakeholders Outline Benefits Of DHS S&T, And Areas For Improvement

Industry, academia and first responders all benefit from the funding and work performed by the research branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but there are areas for improvement, including closer integration with agency components, consistent resourcing, and reasserting leadership in biodefense for the homeland, various officials told a House panel on Tuesday. The […]

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Coast Guard Mulls Delays To Implementing TWIC Reader Rule

After receiving comments from industry following the publication last year of a final rule governing the implementation of smart card readers for access control at secure areas of the nation’s ports, the Coast Guard is considering delaying implementation of the guidance, a service official said on Monday. The feedback from industry included “concerns with the […]