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House Votes to Restore Top Cyber Diplomacy Office

The House passed a bill restoring and expanding a top cyber diplomacy office that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shuttered in August, marking a rare break on cybersecurity between the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. The cyber coordinator’s office, which launched in 2011, inspired imitators in more than 20 foreign ministries worldwide. Under veteran White… Keep Reading

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DHS Providing ‘Active Defense’ Against Cyber Threats to Private Sector

The Department of Homeland Security is providing tools and resources to private companies to engage in “active defense” against cyber threats, its secretary said, a practice that has drawn scrutiny from some legal and cybersecurity experts. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate panel that “active defense” is part of the department’s engagement with… Keep Reading

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DHS Awards $750,000 to Inferlink Corporation for Cybersecurity Portal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a $750,000 contract to El Segundo, Calif.-based InferLink Corporation to develop an advanced search functionality for the Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust (IMPACT) cybersecurity research portal. The award was made through the Small Business Innovation Research Other… Keep Reading

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DHS & DOJ Report: 75 Percent of Those Convicted on International Terrorism Charges Have Been Foreign-Born

Department of Homeland Security press release The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report revealing that three out of every four, or 402, individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born. Over the same period, U.S.… Keep Reading

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These Page-Turners Reflect Coast Guard Commandant’s Leadership Philosophy

To start the new year, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft shared his bookshelf and his leadership philosophy with Coasties on his All Hands blog. The commandant said in a “volatile, increasingly complex and uncertain time” the USCG should focus on the importance of sound leadership to move forward. The commandant’s leadership philosophy is… Keep Reading

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Heritage Foundation: Cyber Breaches Show Government’s Vulnerability

While mega-breaches of high-profile private companies provide headline fodder, the federal government has its own share of vulnerabilities in cyberspace. In fiscal year 2016, government agencies reported 30,899 information-security incidents, 16 of which met the threshold of being a major incident. This list is neither exhaustive nor does it include breaches to state and local… Keep Reading

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GTSC Awards Honor RIDs, Heroes in Homeland

The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), December 13, honored a tremendous line-up of heroes at the organization’s packed Holiday Awards. “GTSC has had a tremendous year and has expanded its service to the homeland security community through the great work of our members and government partners,” said Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and CEO of the Coalition. … Keep Reading

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DHS OIG Finds OHA Lacks Privacy Safeguards

The DHS OIG has found that the Office of Health Affairs (OHA), DHS does not have a proper framework for protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  The OIG reviewed the Office’s current privacy safeguards for protecting the multitude of personally identifiable information (PII) that it collects and maintains.  While OHA did have a Privacy Officer in… Keep Reading

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