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Senate Passes Bill to Establish DHS Bug Bounty Program

The Senate has voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would establish a bug bounty pilot program to strengthen cyber defense at the Department of Homeland Security. Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-N.H.) office said Wednesday the Hack DHS Act would offer payments for white-hat hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the department’s information …

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Report: Camilo Sandoval Appointed VA Acting CIO

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Camilo Sandoval, former Trump campaign director of data operations, to serve as VA’s chief information officer on an acting basis, Politico reported Wednesday. A VA spokesperson told Politico that Sandoval has been senior adviser to the department’s undersecretary for health since May of …

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Preston Werntz Appointed Chief Data Officer at DHS Cyber & Comms Office

The Department of Homeland Security has named Preston Werntz, former head of the technology services section at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, as chief data officer in DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Federal Times reported Saturday. At NCCIC, Werntz oversaw Automated Indicator Sharing program and led a working group that …

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DHS launches Cyber Storm VI; Jeanette Manfra comments

The Department of Homeland Security has launched the sixth Cyber Storm exercise, where over 1,000 players aim to assess and enhance procedures that need to be taken to resolve a cyber incident, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. DHS has started working with players from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, …

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Matthew Masterson Joins DHS as Senior Cybersecurity Adviser

Matthew Masterson, former chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, has been named senior adviser for the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity unit, Washington Examiner reported Monday. DHS expects Masterson to continue working with federal, state and local officials to protect election systems against cyber threats. He served as EAC commissioner for …

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Report: Senate Approves Kevin McAleenan as CBP Commissioner

The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kevin McAleenan to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection through a 77-19 vote, The Hill reported Monday. McAleenan, who has served as CBP commissioner on an acting basis since January 2017, was nominated for the full-time position in March of last year. He manages approximately 60,000 …

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