Archive: Homeland Defense

David Pekoske, President Donald Trump's nominee to be TSA Administrator. LinkedIn Photo.

TSA Nominee Wants To ‘Accelerate’ Innovation Task Force Efforts

The nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Wednesday that he would “accelerate” a year-old effort by the agency to more rapidly assess technology in actual operations ahead of obtaining formal acquisition approvals. David Pekoske, a former Coast Guard admiral and national security industry executive, said the Innovation Task Force “shows real […]

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Cyber Reorganization Bill To Await Fate Of DHS Authorization Bill, Hurd Says

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has decided to hold off on introducing a bill that would reorganize cyber security operations conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to see how an authorization bill for most of the department fares in the House, a committee member said on Wednesday. If the authorization […]

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New Cyber Tools Are Giving Agencies More Awareness Of Network Vulnerabilities

Federal agencies that have been deploying tools and other systems to better understand the network assets they have are now in a position to more quickly identify and patch flaws, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said on Wednesday. The deployment of the Phase one tools of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program […]

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DHS Re-Awards $1 Billion Cyber Security Contract To Raytheon

Raytheon [RTN] on Monday said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has re-awarded the company a potential $1 billion contract to support a cyber security system that the department uses to help protect federal civilian networks. Raytheon originally won the Development, Operations and Maintenance (DOMino) contract in Sept. 2015 but a protest Northrop Grumman [NOC], […]

Greg Touhill, former U.S. chief information security officer. Touhill currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon Univ. as adjunt faculty. Photo from Touhill's Linkedin account.

Former US CISO Warns Against NIST Leading Federal Cyber Security Audits

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) should remain a neutral broker in developing standards to support public and private sector cyber security efforts and should not take on the role of an auditor to ensure federal agencies are complying with an existing cyber-risk management framework as called for in proposed congressional legislation, the […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus .
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Homeland Security Committee Approves First DHS Reauthorization Bill

The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved by voice vote the first authorization bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since the department was enacted into law by former President George W. Bush in November 2002. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, earlier this year was able to get the […]

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), HAC HS chairman.

Carter Supports DHS Budget Emphasis On Border Security, Immigration Enforcement

The chairman of the House panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that he supports the Trump administration’s proposed increases for the two agencies that are focused on land border security and immigration enforcement. Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) said on Tuesday at the outset of a hearing to examine the […]

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, left. Photo: Patrick Kelley, Coast Guard.

Polar Icebreaker Tops Coast Guard’s Unfunded Priorities, Commandant Says

The heavy polar icebreaker program is the Coast Guard’s top unfunded priority in its FY ‘18t budget request and will top a list additional funding needs the service will soon submit to Congress in order to provide better clarity for the program going forward, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service’s commandant, said on Wednesday. “We will […]


Democrats On Senate Panel Decry Proposed Cuts To Homeland Security Grants

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday said that the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to various homeland security grant programs and are not supported by state and local law enforcers and first responders. Pointing to recent events in Britain where terrorists successfully carried out various attacks against people in open […]

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), co-sponsor of Hack DHS Act.

Hack The DHS Bill Introduced In House

A bipartisan bill aimed at enlisting friendly hackers to try and penetrate the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) computer systems in order to help find weaknesses in the department’s networks was introduced in the House on Tuesday. The five-page Hack DHS Act is a companion bill to bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate last month to […]