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Secret Service Hosts Cyber Incident Response Simulation

The U.S. Secret Service hosted a virtual Cyber Incident Response Simulation on March 24 with state and municipal government officials focused on ransomware attacks and mitigation strategies.

FBI, Secret Service Investigate After Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City’s Water with Lye

A hacker broke into remote access software shared by workers at a Florida city's water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt to fill the water supply with a potentially harmful chemical, authorities said.

DHS and Partners Coordinate to Secure Super Bowl LV

As with past Super Bowls, this event was voluntarily submitted to DHS for a risk assessment and was classified as Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Level 1—meaning that it requires extensive federal interagency support.

Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn in as First Latino and Immigrant DHS Secretary

Mayorkas' confirmation was delayed by a Republican hold on his nomination. Shortly after the 56-43 vote, it took Vice President Kamala Harris about 90 seconds to swear in the new DHS secretary at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Alleged Capitol Rioter’s Brother Is a Secret Service Agent Who Once Led Michelle Obama’s Detail

Preston Fairlamb III, the brother of Scott Fairlamb -- a man who faces five charges connected to his alleged role in the Capitol insurrection -- is a member of the Secret Service and, according to Obama's 2018 memoir, had "led my detail" at one point.

Here’s Who Is Leading DHS Components in Transition to Biden Appointments

Acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske announced who will be leading DHS components and offices in the near term, until new leadership is appointed by the president and, in some cases, confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Expanding the Period of Designation of the 59th Presidential Inauguration as a National Special Security Event

"The designation of the 59th Presidential Inauguration for this period of time allows the full resources of the Federal Government to be brought to bear in the development of event security and incident management plans to ensure the safety of all participants."

GAO: DHS Improves Employee Engagement But More Work Needed in the Wake of Instability

A Government Accountability Office review has found that DHS has not issued written guidance on employee engagement action planning and components do not consistently include key elements in their plans, such as outcome-based performance measures.
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